Works by Individual Artist Grant recipients (L-R) Ben Shuts, tea cup; Monika Lawrence, photo of Regina Advento; Tawnee Geller, painting; Robert Larson, wood carving; Jeff Burger, pitcher
Northern Arts News
April 2014 


R2AC is seeking Board Members!

Region 2 Arts Council is currently seeking Board members from Clearwater, Hubbard, and Lake of the Woods counties to fill a two-year term vacancy beginning August 1, 2014. Applications are due by April 15, 2013.


Those who feel that the visual, performing and literary arts are an important contribution to the quality of life in Minnesota, should consider serving on the board of the Region 2 Arts Council. The board is responsible for planning, setting organizational policy and reviewing/awarding grants. It meets seven times per year in Bemidji on the third Monday of the month. Members are reimbursed for travel.


Region 2 Arts Council is one of eleven arts councils in the state of Minnesota and awards over $230,000 annually for art activities in the five counties of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen. The council operates with funds from the Minnesota State Legislature, the Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Fund and the McKnight Foundation.


To receive an application form please email or write to:  Nominating Committee * Region 2 Arts Council * 426 Bemidji Avenue * Bemidji, MN  56601. If you have any questions please call 751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447. 




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Legacy Partners Award Received


The Minnesota State Arts Board and each of the eleven Regional Arts Councils received "Legacy Partners" awards for effective and extensive use of public panels to make grant decisions. Between them, the twelve agencies worked with 768 people providing more than 34,000 volunteer hours of expertise on the best use of arts state dollars. These volunteers bring expertise in the arts and nonprofit management.


"Other agencies should look to the Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils on how to effectively use public input in decision making," said Sheila Smith. "While no process is perfect, their work takes place in transparent, open meetings and has resulted in great impact in arts access statewide."


Terri Widman, Director of the Council, said, "We are very pleased and honored that our board and panel members are receiving recognition for the many hours of volunteer time they spend to review and award grants." 


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Artist Mentor Grant Application Deadline

All Artist Mentor grant applications must be either in the Region 2 Arts Council office by 5:00 p.m. on April 9, 2014 or post marked by that date. Artist Mentor Grants support 8-12 grade students (whether attending traditional school or not) who are committed to making advancements in their artistic skills. Grant recipients receive either 20 hours of one-on-one mentoring with a Minnesota artist or $600 toward tuition for a class, camp or workshop in the student's art discipline in the state of MN. 


Grant applications are available at the R2AC office at 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601 or for download at Questions? Call (218) 751-5447 or 1(800) 275-5447 or email Open to young people residing in Beltrami, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Hubbard, and Clearwater counties.   


No Risk Workshop Funding Available

$1,040 of "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.


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Thank you to Individual Artist Grant recipients Ben Shuts, Monika Lawrence, Tawnee Geller, Robert Larson, and Jeff Burger for sharing their work for this month's newsletter header. An announcement of all recent recipients is forthcoming!  


Northern Arts News Deadline

Deadline for submissions for the May issue of Northern Arts News is April 20, 2014. 


April 4-6    Disney's My Son Pinocchio
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. Bring the whole family to the the historic Chief Theater in Bemidji to enjoy Bemidji Community Theater's performance of this family classic.  Children $6, adults $12. Tickets available at: Iversen Corner Drug, Ken K Thompson Jewelry, Shannon's Art & Soul.  


April 5   "Take a Ride on the Rails" at the Baudette Depot 

legacysmall This is your invitation to "dress up" for the opening of the next exhibit - "Take a Ride on the Rails" - at the Baudette Depot set for Saturday, April 5.  We are inviting everyone to "dress up" in 1940s period/style clothing when you come to experience this new exhibit opening.  We are planning for the "mayor" to welcome "the first two passengers who arrived when this depot was opened for passengers in January, 1924."This exhibit replicates a section of a passenger train car is set in the 1940s time period.  Ribbon cutting will be at 11:00 a.m. 

A teenage band - Ditch Creek - will play bluegrass music beginning at 1:00 p.m. The exhibit will be open until 4:00 p.m. on April 5, with additional hours in the weeks and years to come.  This is a permanent exhibit (at least ten years), so there will be additional opportunities to visit this interactive exhibit.

Light refreshments will be served throughout the day of April 5.  All are invited - no charge, although donations will be gratefully accepted. 

April 12    Second Saturday Bazaar at RailRiver Folk School

This is the perfect destination to find unique one of a kind goods offering artists, farmers, home based businesses and more an opportunity to display and sell their goods and services!  Currently booking vendors, artists, musicians!! We offer super low booth fees- please message us on Facebook for info or email . Head on over for art, food, music, networking, and supporting our local community and the RailRiver Folk School.


April 12     Artist Lecture

legacysmall This lecture is hosted by Nemeth Art Center board member and visual artist, Aaron Spangler. It is free and open to the public and will be followed by a members' only tapas reception.  For directions to the venue, please RSVP to Meredith at


Through April 14   Anishinaabe Arts Exhibit at R2AC Office

Come see quillwork by Mel Losh, Raku pottery by Celia Littlecreek, Antler carvings by Giiwedin Biindige, beaded moccasins by Bernice Mitchell, fantastic Regalia by Dana Goodwin and Dennis Williams, paintings by Wesley May and Mary Guardipee, original smudge bowls by Bambi Goodwin, and more. Some artwork will be for sale.  Region 2 Arts Council is located in the lower level of the Historic Carnegie Library Building, 426 Bemidji Avenue N. in Bemidji. The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Exhibit opening is free and open to the public and will be available for viewing 9a.m.- 5 p.m. M-F    


Through April 15     Artists of Minnesota Traveling Show at Gallery North

Gallery North is pleased to host the Artists of Minnesota Traveling Mini Show and wish to invite the public to view the exhibit at Gallery North, 502 3rd Street NW in Bemidji.  The purpose of this event is to bring together artists of all levels of experience and in various locations throughout the state. More information can be found online at In addition, go to to view the artwork of Kathy Robinson and other juried Gallery North members. Robinson was Gallery North's First Friday feature artist in April.  


April 22    Cantus Men's Vocal Ensemble

Acclaimed as "the premier men's vocal ensemble in the United States" (Fanfare), the nine members of Cantus are renowned for adventurous programming spanning many periods and genres, including work commissioned specifically for the group.  In the Bemidji High School Auditorium, show starts at 7:00 p.m.   Tickets  available at Headwaters School of Music & Arts. 519 Minnesota Avenue NW. Bemidji, MN  56601.


Through April   14th Annual Bemidji Area High School Invitational

This exhibit features work by Bemidji Area High School Students in all mediums.  Please join us for the opening of this exciting show as a part of the First Friday Art Walk. Come & Vote between 4 pm and 5:30 pm for the People's Choice Award for your favorite work of art.  Winner will be announced at 6pm. Enjoy food, refreshments and music.  The Watermark (former BCAC) 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 on the web at 


Through April     Cabin Coffee House Exhibit

This collaborative show features individual results in works in fiber, photography, mixed media, poetry, printmaking and painting all created with the same color and theme in mind. The Cabin is located at 214 3rd Street.  For more info call us at 218-444-2899.


Through April     "Celebrating Hidden Talents" at Headwaters School  

This collection of student works by High School Students and Adults  was painted in February and March 2014 will be on display at  The Headwaters School, located at 519 Minnesota Ave NW in Bemidji.   


Through April     Photographer Lisa Boulay at Wild Hare Bistro    

Bold colors and light will finally be on display as Lisa shares some much anticipated signs of spring and summer; subjects of garden flowers and wild orchids will be presented on wrapped canvass prints.  523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji.


Through April    Bemidji Public Library  presents Maureeen O'Brien

O'Brien's exhibit of acrylics is themed "Nature in the North Woods." The library is located at 509 America Ave NW.   For more information or hours call 218-751- 3963 or on the web at  


May 4    Bemidji Symphony Orchestra presents Mahler's 2nd Symphony

With nearly 100 instrumentalists, 150 vocal musicians, and 2 world-renown soloists, the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra presents "Stirring Celebrations!" featuring one of the most powerful and stirring pieces in the history of music, Mahler's 2nd Symphony "Resurrection."  Guest soloists Korliss Uecker and Tammy Hensrud join the BSO along with the Bemidji Chorale, the BSU Bemidji Choir, and the Park Rapids Area Classic Chorale. Dr. Beverly Everett conducts. 3 p.m. at Sanford Events Center. Tickets at the door or in advance at Lueken's Village Foods or online at $20 / adults, $15 / senior citizens 62+, and $10 / college students with ID.   K-12 admitted free. All seats general admission.  Presidential Estates of Bemidji is the presenting sponsor of "Stirring Celebrations!"  


Through June 1    Barbara and Michael Hoet Exhibit at RavenRock
 Artists of Studio 10 will be hosting an exhibition by guest artists Barbara and Michael Hoet at RavenRock Gallery of Jewelry and Fine Art at 1000 Paul Bunyan Dr., Suite 102 across from the Honda Center in Bemidji. For more information 218-444-6040  


Through June    Neilson Place presents Paula Swenson  

In "Hurry Summer," Paula explores and interprets ideas, emotions and experiences creating a dialogue between the artist and viewer.  Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW.  For hours or more information call 751-0220 extension #1.

April 12    Poetry as Departure with Erin Marsh

R2AC Color Logo   Both beginning and advanced poets can learn how to use their favorite poems as a point of departure for writing their own poetry. The workshop will explore how reading influences writing by looking at samples of well-known poets who have written poetry based on other poets' work. Participants will also discuss different methods of writing poetry, have time to free-write, and then discuss each others work. Bring your favorite poems for inspiration, paper and a pen.

Cost: $40
Location: Headwaters School of Music & the Arts - 518 Minnesota Ave, Bemidji, MN

Date: April 12th 
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

(There will be an hour lunch break - Bring your lunch or go out to eat at a nearby restaurant)


For more detailed information on the workshop, please call Erin Marsh at 218-251-6655
The registration deadline is April 9, 2014.  Reserve your space by emailing or calling 218 751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447.


April 28 and May 5   Metal Sculpting with Jay Jones at Create It!  

Come to Clearwaters Life Center - Gonvick on 226 Elm St. from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Each participant will make a small sculpture to take home.  The classes will build on one another, but you may attend just one. Only $10 for the day, you can attend one or both! Call 218-776-2789 to register. Drop-ins are also welcome.  


May 3 and May 10    Doll Making at Apple Blossom Child Care Center

Come create a Waldorf Style Flannel Doll

Cost: $75

When: Saturday May 3 & Saturday May 10

Where: Apple Blossom Child Care Center in the basement of Bemidji United Methodist Church

Time: 9:30am to 1:30pm both days

Contact: Dacia Dauner for details at 218 766 0640 visit the event page on facebook


April 8 & 9   MN Arts Board Grant Program Info Sessions in Park Rapids

The Minnesota State Arts Board is holding a free information session about funding opportunities for artists, arts organizations, schools, community organizations, and human and social service organizations. The session includes an overview of all Arts Board grant programs followed by a question and answer period. The information sessions and individual appointments are free of charge, but advance registration is strongly encouraged.  


Tuesday, April 8, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m Location: Caldwell Banker, 101 South Main, Park Rapids


Wednesday, April 9 - 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30 a.m., and 12:00 p.m.

Location: Bela Caffe. 116 3rd Street West, Park Rapids.


Register for one-on-one appointments (30 minutes each) by calling the Arts Board front desk: (651) 215-1600. Toll free (800) 866-2787.


April 14-15   Northern Light Opera Company Auditions, Guys & Dolls

Call backs will be on April 19. Guys and Dolls will be a summer production. For more location and time information, email Paul Dove at 


April 15   Bemidji- First City of Arts Studio Cruise Application Deadline

Calling all artists with studios within a 40 mile radius of Bemidji, Minnesota, applications are now being taken for the Bemidji - First City of Arts Studio Cruise 2014. This, the Seventh year for the 'Cruise', is a working studio event which provides an opportunity for artists to invite the public into their studios to showcase their art and craft. Studio Cruise dates are October 17, 18 and 19, 2014 (MEA weekend). Fees include a $10 non-refundable jury fee and $100 artist participation fee. Interested artists are encouraged to apply by completing the Studio Cruise application available on-line at the Watermark Art Center website Questions may be directed to Dave Towley at 218-333-3547 ( or Lori Forshee-Donnay at 218-444-7570 (


April 18   Deadline for 2014 Minnesota Biennial Art Competition 

The Minnesota Museum of American Art has opened its application for the upcoming 2014 Minnesota Biennial art competition. The competition is open to all Minnesota artists, and intends to offer the public a snapshot of the best art and craft being made throughout the state today and to celebrate the many different and unique forms that artistic ingenuity takes in Minnesota. More information is available at


April 18   Deadline for McKnight Artist Fellowships for Ceramic Artists

The McKnight Artist Fellowships for Ceramic Artists Program is designed to significantly advance the work of Minnesota ceramic artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have already proven their abilities, and are at a career stage that is beyond emerging. Two grants of $25,000 each will be awarded annually. Fellowship recipients are required to co-teach a public workshop in Northern Clay Center's studios. Guidelines and application: or visit


April 22   MSAB Request for Proposals

The Minnesota State Arts Board requests proposals from professional public artists or artist teams to design, fabricate, and install a permanent, site-specific public artwork within the new Bioscience and Health Careers Center at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. To request the RFP, e-mail Ben Owen, Percent for Art program officer at


April 22   Auditions for Mask and Rose production "Metamorphoses"

The Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective will hold theatrical auditions for area high school students through adults from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Wild Rose Theater space (Mason's Bldg in Bemidji) for a production of Mary Zimmerman's " Metamorphoses" based on the epic poem by Ovid will be played in Lake Bemidji and on a three sided pier with the audience on shoreline. Come to audition with a prepared song in any style. There will be a cold reading from the script. Performance dates - Aug. 15,16,17 and 21-24th. For list of characters check For 10 minute audition time please email Cate Belleveau - or 218-243-2685.


April 25     Deadline for MSAB Arts Learning Grant

The Minnesota State Arts Board's Arts Learning grant program offers funding for projects that help lifelong learners acquire knowledge and understanding of and skills in the arts. Projects must provide participatory learning and engage learners with skilled teaching artists and high quality artistic experiences. More information is available at  


April 25   Deadline for Proposals for 2014 Arts A'Fair

The Minnesota State Fair is currently accepting proposals from Minnesota performing arts organizations to participate in the 2014 Arts A'Fair project. Selected arts organizations will entertain fair guests in surprise pop-up showcases throughout the fairgrounds. More information is available at


April 28   Deadline to Submit MAEP Proposals

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is currently accepting proposals to be considered for the spring 2015 exhibition slot. Please visit to create an account or sign in to submit your proposal.


May 1   Nemeth Members' Show Art Drop-Off 

Attention Nemeth Art Center Members! Please drop off all artwork to the Nemeth Art Center between 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or arrange another drop off by contacting Meredith Lynn at This year's member show will run May 1-15. Members may contribute a piece of their own or one from their personal collections. A commemorative calendar will be printed from the submitted artwork.


May 1   Deadline for Park Rapids Summer Art Fair

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. More information and an application form are available at (under Current Promotions). Artists may also want to apply to the MacRostie Art Center sponsored Downtown Art Fair at the Old Central School Grounds in Grand Rapids Saturday, July 12. The MacRostie's application may be downloaded at Park Rapids and Grand Rapids are about 90 miles apart.


May 1   Call to Artists for Interactive Art and Folk Music Festival 

This new festival runs July 4-5 in Bemidji, Minnesota in conjunction with the 70th Annual Bemidji Jaycees Water Carnival. Bring your art to the demonstration stage and to sell in your own booth. Folk music shows will alternate with dance and wellness instruction and art demonstrations. Cost is $150 for a 10x10 booth and $25 extra for electricity in the booth. 5% off of the cost if registration is received by May 1. Share your art with Bemidji residents and visitors alike during this popular summer festival. Bemidji Jaycees Art & Folk Music Festival


May 1   Registration Deadline for Northwoods Writers Conference at BSU

This June, writers will gather on the shores of Lake Bemidji at Bemidji State University for an enlivening week of literary activity. Each morning, participants will gather their thoughts, notebooks and writing utensils and head off to craft talks and workshops, Afternoons provide literary events and time to write and relax, and evenings offer the Reading Series, where conference faculty will read from their work and share insights in an intimate setting. More information can be found at  


May 2   Deadline for MSAB Folk and Traditional Arts Grant Program

The Minnesota State Arts Board's Folk and Traditional Arts grant program is designed to support the artistic traditions and customs practiced within community and/or cultural groups by identifying, documenting, creating, preserving, presenting, and honoring Minnesota's folk arts and traditions. All projects must have a public component such as a concert, exhibition, documentary, workshop, or other activity that engages members of the public in the work of Minnesota's folk and traditional artists. More information is available at


May 10   Deadline Entry for 27th Annual Northern National Art Competition

This juried national competition is open to artists who are 18 or older and are living in the United States. Work may be in any medium, but it must be original, recently completed and designed to hang on a wall. Exhibit opens with a reception at Nicolet College in Rhinelander, Wis. July 22 and closes Sept. 12. This year's judge is Linda Benedict-Jones from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. More info at


May 12   Deadline Extension for City of Bemidji RFP for Public Art

The City of Bemidji Waste Water Treatment facility has put out a call for emerging and established public artists or artist teams residing in Region 2 (Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties) as well as Native artists residing in Region 2 plus Becker, Cass, Roseau and Itasca counties to submit proposals for this public art opportunity. The complete RFP (Request for Proposal) and photographs of the proposed project site can be found on the City of Bemidji website in the link to: WWTF Public Art Project. Paper copies of the RFP are available at the Bemidji City Hall, 317 4th St. NW, Bemidji, MN. Potential applicants with questions must email their questions to Mike Forbes, WWTP Co-Superintendent, at The project budget is $22,000.


May 25   Deadline for Application to be a WARM Mentor

Women's Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM) is seeking mentors for the 2015-2016 cycle of its Mentor/Protégée program. WARM's Mentor Program pairs emerging artists and professional women artists for a two-year mentoring period. More information is available at


Call for Submissions   Art in the Hollow Sculpture Art Contest 2014

Works should be designed in relation to specific settings within Swede Hollow Park that show enhancement of the natural setting, quality of design, originality. Your concept may be communicated with drawings, PDF's, jpg's, or photos of original, existing or planned three-dimensional works conceived in harmony with a site in Swede Hollow Park. You must be a Minnesota resident, no age limits. For more information contact Karin at / 651-776-0550.


Ongoing   Nemeth Art Center Gallery Shop seeks Local Goods

The Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids is looking for local craftspeople to sell their goods in the Nemeth shop. Any interested artists can get in touch with Meredith Lynn for more

Congratulations to visual artist Meredith Lynn, Director of Nemeth Art Center. Northern has announced she is one of the recipients of the 6th round of Art(ists) On the Verge commissions (AOV6). AOV6 is an intensive, mentor-based fellowship program for 5 Minnesota-based, emerging artists or artist groups working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture with a focus on network-based practices that are interactive and/or participatory.


Fargo CoreCon has announced their Guests of Honor for 2014. Congratulations to Roy C. and Cynthia Booth - accomplished authors and playwrights from Bemidji, MN, where they run Roy's Comics & Games. CoreCon is a science fiction, fantasy, horror and anime convention in Fargo-Moorhead from June 12th till Sunday June 15th 2014 at the Doublewood in Fargo, ND. Be sure to check out our website for more information. 


Congratulations to Marley Kaul, whose egg tempera painting, The Lily Patch, is featured on the cover of the Spring/Summer 2014 Great River Review. This publication was established in 1977 and is Minnesota's oldest continuously published literary journal.  Edited by poets Robert Hedin and Michael Waters, the journal is dedicated to the publication of the best in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short drama, and translation.


And further kudos to Marley Kaul! In February, Dan Olson, a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio, and his photographer visited Kaul's studio and interviewed him for "Minnesota Sounds and Voices." Go to " to listen.


Congratulations KarenLisa Nelson Forbes' whose cavandoli knotting work has been selected for inclusion in the juried Lanesboro Art Center Gallery in Lanesboro, MN.


Congratulations to Ardella Lindberg for organizing a successful Rosemaling workshop with Shirley Evenstand.  Pictured below are the participants.


Seated on the left side of table: Marge Trembath, Ardella Lindberg, Ada Windecker. Seated on right of table is Sharon Munter,  Shirely Evenstad, Connie Nelson. Standing is Dee Strandlien , Wanda Haack, Ray Sundquist, Pam Janssen, Lynn Sundrud, Shirley Falardeau, Judy Merschman.


Congratulations to Vivienne Morgan for being selected for Optical Illusions: the Plains Museum's annual themed exhibition and auction. The exhibition runs from April 9th through May 13, and tickets for the Gala on May 3 are on sale now!  

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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