Northern Arts News - June 2015
In This Issue

Be a Voice for the Arts in LOW County!   

Region 2 Arts Council is seeking a second Board Member from Lake of the Woods County for a two-year term.  


Our Board is responsible for planning, setting organizational policy, and reviewing and awarding grants in our five-county Region.  


Won't you consider joining this dedicated, hard-working team?  

Email [email protected] or call (218) 751-5447 or (800) 275-5447 for more information and an application. 


Featured Event 


Honor and Healing Through Art and Truth:

Chief Bemidji Statue Dedication 

The public is invited to attend the unveiling and dedication of the new bronze statue of Shaynowishkung - "Chief Bemidji" on Saturday June 6, 2015 at 12:00 Noon at Library Park in Downtown Bemidji. 


The Ceremony includes

  • Flute music with Windy Downwind and Jon Romer
  • A prayer offered by an Ojibwe elder
  • An honor song as presented by The Eyabay drum group
  • "Healing through Truth: Shaynowishkung and the Time Period in which He Lived" presented by Elaine Fleming, History professor at LLTC
  • Remarks on honoring through art from statue sculptor Gareth Curtiss

Tribal and local dignitaries as well as family of Shaynowishkung will address the audience. The event will be followed by a walleye meal provided by Leech Lake Gaming and Catering.


Event organizers suggest early arrival to obtain parking and event seating. A drop off area will be available on Bemidji Avenue just north of the Carnegie Building. Parking will not be available in the Visitor Center's parking lot.


Arts Calendar

We are posting arts events, workshops, opportunities, grant deadlines, and more on our online calendar for your convenience. Share your information with us and we will share it with others!


Newsletter Header: Ashley Hanson and Andrew Gaylord from PlaceBase Productions visited Bemidji this spring to speak to Region 2 artists and arts organizers and gather "Stories from the Field" for use in an original theater production that will premier at the Rural Arts and Culture Summit this June. Thanks to all who attended!


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Northern Arts News Submissions Deadline for July is June 22, 2015.  

Region 2 Arts Council
426 Bemidji Ave.
Bemidji, Minnesota 56601
Grant Deadlines

Upcoming Deadlines:   

8/15: Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants for Organizations
8/15: Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants for Individuals  

9/15: Quick Grants Monthly Deadlines Begin  

9/15: Career Development Fellowships  

Click HERE for the full list of R2AC Grant Deadlines.

Note: We have been working diligently these past months to get each of our grants into a user-friendly online format.  We are convinced you'll like the results!

Our first two Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants will be unveiled mid-June.  We are offering grant application workshops in each of our five counties in July.  Feel free to contact us with questions!
Trainings and Workshops

Pottery Basics with Dave Hudson

Mondays, June 1-29, 2015

6:30-9:00 p.m.

at Clearwaters Life Center-Gonvick


This course covers clay preparation, hand-building, throwing on a wheel, and glaze techniques. Glazing of already fired pots is also an option for participants. $5.00 per class covers basic supplies. Call 218 487-5290 ext. 2 if you have questions.   


Photographing Your Artwork with Cal Rice

Saturday, June 13, 2015; Register by June 10.

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (1 hour for lunch)

at The Depot in Baudette


Visual artists are often asked to present quality photographs of their work. This free professional development opportunity will help participants better understand the camera functions that will help show their work at its best. Participants are asked to bring their cameras and 1-3 pieces of their art.  Everyone will practice photographing their own work. The presenter will demonstrate by photographing several of the art pieces, and share those photographs with the artists. To register, email  [email protected] or call 218-751-5447 / 1800-275-5447

Looking for more great arts events? Check out the R2AC Arts Events Calendar!
Featured Opportunities

June 4 - All My Relations Gallery Call for Artists  

Native artists from MN, WI, SD, and ND are encouraged to apply to participate in in the group show On Fertile Ground: Native Artists from the Upper Midwest September 11-November 20, 2015. Click HERE for more details.   


June 5 - Registration extended for Park Rapids Summer Art Fair

The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association will sponsor an Art Fair in conjunction with the Bite of Park Rapids food, music and fun event Sunday, July 12. The deadline for artists to complete an application has been extended to Friday, June 5. More information and an application form are available HERE (under Current Promotions).

June 8-12, 15-19 - BCT Jr. Summer Theater Camp
Click HERE for more information. Workshop opportunities available for 8-14 year-olds. $60.

June 10- 1st Community Chorus Rehearsal for Summer Performances of Nature
at Park Rapids High School from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

TigerLion Arts, led by Tyson Forbes and Markell Kiefer, is bringing their production of

Nature - the mythic telling of Emerson and Thoreau's mutual love affair with the natural

world - to Park Rapids and Itasca this summer. Nature is a walking play, taking the audience on a journey through the natural environment as scenes unfold around them. If you are ready to be a part of a fulfilling creative process and want to join the community chorus, please contact Jason Wright at 252-4113. For more information, click HERE.  


September 14- Deadline for "It's Only Clay" Submissions     

The It's Only Clay (IOC) exhibit is a juried ceramics competition focusing on, and dedicated to, functional clay vessels. Each submission for IOC is judged in four areas: function, form/aesthetic, craftsmanship, and surface design. Selected works will be a part of the exhibit at the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji for six weeks during the months of  November and December.  Click HERE for more details.  



Congratulations to Artist Marlon Davidson for his upcoming show "Davidson at 80, a Retrospective" at the Watermark Art Center Gallery, 426 Bemidji Avenue N. This show highlights Davidson's continuing career, featuring decades of work, all in one place for the first time ever. June 5 - July 25.


Congratulations to the following Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Council members for their years of service and dedication to the arts:

Debra Warren, Delina White and Genny Lowry - 10 years

Bernice Mitchell-Diver - 9 years

Douglas Lee - 8 years

Mary Guardipee and Harold "Dunesy" White. Jr. - 4 years

Delana Smith - 3 years


Congratulations to Sean Hill, whose book of poems "Dangerous Goods" won the Minnesota Book Award for Poetry.


Congratulations to the Watermark Art Center and the opening of "gallery 505," a temporary retail gallery located at 505 Bemidji Ave N., in the future Watermark Art Center building in Bemidji. The gallery features large-scale artwork created by regional artists, all of which is available for purchase.