Posted in Exhibitions, First Friday Art Walk on December 3, 2013 |
- Watermark Art Center (former BCAC) and SHOP 426 – kick off the Holiday Season with the Annual Holiday Open House and Ornament Sale! Join us on Friday Dec 6th from 12 noon to 5 pm and Sat Dec 3 from 10am to 2pm for holiday refreshments, free gift wrap and more. SHOP 426 features unique, handmade artwork by local and regional artists. Give the Gift of Art by purchasing a special One-of-a-Kind Holiday Ornament! Ornaments will go on sale on Friday December 6th during the Holiday Open House.
- Bemidji Brewing Co. – presents author Daniel J. Rice who will be hosting a book release party for “This Side of a Wilderness” at the Bemidji Brewing Co. taproom from 4-9pm.
- Bemidji Public Library – presents artist Judith Selby and her exhibit entitled “Journey”. Join us for the open house on December 6th from 3:30 to 5:00pm .
- Cabin Coffee House – presents work by photographer Joanna Johnson in her upcoming show, “Poetry in Photo”. Join us from 4-5 for the First Friday Art Walk Artist Reception.
- Gallery North – Presents their “Christmas Boutique” and Featured Artists – Marie Hamre and Kathy Sanders for their Dec Open House. Join us from 2 to 5pm.
- Headwaters Science Center - is pleased to present the unique beadwork of Anita Merritt on Friday, December 6th from 5 to 6 pm as part of the First Friday Art Walk. Join Anita on Friday, December 6th for a showcase of her work and a brief demonstration of a simple daisy stitch. Guests may join Anita in creating a simple daisy to take home.
- Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage at the Rail River Folk School offers an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art. Host: Drew Warne-Jacobsen Sign-up 6:30-7:30. Open mic starts at 7:30.
- Raven Rock Gallery of Jewelry and Fine Art – presents Kathy Gustafson and Don Houseman and their exhibit, “Artistic Explorations” . Join us for the reception on December 6th from 4:30 – 6 pm.
- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse – Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will proudly present New Collaborations by Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson December 6th through January. The public is invited to an opening reception on First Friday, December 6th from 3:00 to 5:00pm. (Note: there will be no First Friday Wine Bar and Dinner at the Wild Hare in December and January, as well as no artist reception in January. Davidson and Knudson will show through January)
Exhibits around town…….
- Beltrami County History Center features artwork on display from Gallery North, along with their new history center exhibit “Trails Through Time”. Winter Hours: the History Center is open, now through the end of March, Saturdays from 10am to 4pm 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 now through February 2014. Maureen 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.
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Posted in Exhibitions, First Friday Art Walk on November 2, 2013 |
November 1st was the opening of the 11th Annual It’s Only Clay exhibit featuring work by ceramic artist and 2013 juror,Andrea Leila Denecke.
34 pieces from 23 artists representing 12 States were selected by Denecke back in September for this years show. Denecke then reviewed the work after the installation to choose the winners for this years awards. Placement awards were rated on: function, form/aesthetic, craftsmanship and surface design. The Margaret Harlow purchase awards were selected based on qualities to be a part of this permanent teaching collection at BSU. During the reception the BCAC placement Awards and BSU Harlow Collection Purchase Awards were announced.
Margaret Harlow Purchase Awards
Platter by Mark Johnson
South Portland, ME
Untitled by Todd Burns
2013 Placement Awards
Placement awards with prize money are awarded each year for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. This year’s juror, Andrea Leila Denecke, also selected an Honorable Mention.
First Place Black Foot by Steven Schaeffer
3rd Place Award Horizon Platter by JD Jorgenson
David “Bo” Bedillion
More information is available on awards from previous IOC exhibits.
IOC 2013 is co-sponosred by Watermark Art Center and Bemidji State University. Support is provided by Holiday Inn Express – Bemidji and BSU Foundation. This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation and by a grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s General Fund.
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Watermark Art Center (formerly BCAC) announces the opening of the 11th Annual It’s Only Clay Exhibit with a lecture presented by artist and 2013 Juror – Andrea Leila Denecke.
Join us on Wednesday, October 30th for “Textures, Pattern and Influences of Japan in the Work of Andrea Leila Denecke” – a presentation about her process of creating surface texture and pattern as well as the history of her education and experiences in Japan.
Refreshments from 6:30 to 7pm, lecture begins at 7pm. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be hosted at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave, Downtown Bemidji.
2013 IOC Events Include Exhibit Opening and Awards
Stop by the Art Center on Friday, Nov 1st from 5 to 7pm for the opening of the 2013 It’s Only Clay Exhibit featuring work by 2013 Juror, Andrea Leila Denecke. The ArtCenter is located at 426 Bemidji Ave N. in downtown Bemidji. There will be a brief artist talk and awards will be announced at 6pm.
For more information on this year’s It’s Only Clay event and guest juror, Andrea Leila Denecke go to It’s Only Clay 2013
IOC 2013 is co-sponosred by WatermarkArtCenter and BemidjiStateUniversity. Support is provided by Holiday Inn Express – Bemidji and BSU Foundation. This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation and by a grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s General Fund.
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Posted in Exhibitions on August 5, 2013 |
Join us on August 9th for the Opening Reception from 5 to 7pm as we welcome Charles E. Alberti back to Bemidji for his Solo Show – “Since 1968 at 68″ – presenting select pieces of original artwork he has created since 1968 as he turns 68 years of age. Exhibit runs from August 9th to September 28th, 2013.
“My Hiding Place” Oil on Canvas, 24″ x 36″ – 2013
Charles E. Alberti was born on the southside of Chicago in 1945. His art related career started when he was featured on a Chicago based children’s art show in the early 1950s. In high school he gained a strong interest in music as well as continuing with his art. Charles composed and conducted a symphony of the high schools’ orchestra for his graduation. In 1969 he graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Art Education with majors in Painting, Printing and Art History. His non-studio classes were taken at the University of Chicago.
Charles was selected to be one of the first SAIC docents in the Museum Education program for young children. He earned a graduate assistantship while he was an undergraduate in art history, where he taught first year students. Charles taught art at an inner-city medical center’s psychiatric department in Chicago, while he attended SAIC working with children and adults. He eventually taught at the high school level in the Chicago area. He won an award for drawing in the International Art Competition in New York during the 1980s. During the same period he was in charge of a Chicago medical center’s fundraising. In this capacity he created a huge black-tie event bringing such talent as Petula Clark from England, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor, the Lettermen, the Irish Rover bagpipers and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra to entertain the patrons.
“Blue Prism” Acrylic on Canvas, 24″ x 36″ – 2010
In 1988 he and his family moved to Bemidji, Minnesota where Charles taught in the education department and the honors’ program at Bemidji State University. In 2010 he retired as professor emeritus of education and honors. He currently lives in Burnsville, MN. Over the years he has had solo art shows and has participated in juried group shows from Connecticut to New York to California. This show at BCAC represents select pieces since 1968 as he turns 68 years of age. It reflects variations in style and subject matter.
“Eggstra Special” , Ink and Pencil, 12″ x 16″ – 1987
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First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji for August 2nd, 2013
- SPECIAL DATE! Bemidji Community Art Center – presents work by Charles E. Alberti – “Solo Show since 1968 at 68” with an opening reception on August 9th, 2013 from 5pm to 7pm. “Since 1968 at 68” represents select pieces of Alberti’s work since 1968 as he turns 68 years of age.
- GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION! Bemidji Brewing Company – Explore the Art of Craft Beer at Bemidji Brewing Company’s NEW Taproom where you can sip, socialize, and soak up the beautiful views of the lake and downtown. The Taproom is located at 401 Beltrami Ave in downtown Bemidji and open on Fridays 4 – 9 pm and Saturdays 3 – 7 pm.
- Bemidji Public Library Art Wall - During August, the Bemidji Public Library Art Wall will feature “Missing Pants”, a children’s picture book written and illustrated by 6 year-old Bemidji resident Vivi Allosso. The story is one that Vivi invented when she was just three years old, about an elephant that was her favorite stuffed animal. In May, Vivi was informed she had won 1st place in the Kindergarten section of the local contest ”PBS Kids Go! Writer’s Contest”, and in July she won the first prize in the national contest. Join us for her opening reception as a part of the First Friday Art Walk on Friday August 2 from 3:00 – 5:00.
- Dunn Bros Coffee – presents artist Lauralee Simons for the month of August. Lauralee’s exhibit of oil paintings feature close-ups of flowers and the American flag. Join us for the opening reception from 5 to 7pm as a part of the First Friday Art Walk.
- Gallery North – presents photographer Barb Meuers as the Showcase Artist for the month of August along with Featured Artists, Patty Lovegreen and Jeannie Fenner. Join us on August 2nd from 2 to 5pm for our First Friday Art Walk Opening and Artist Reception.
- Glazed and Amused – will be hosting two artists for the Month of August. Painter Mike Mohler and potter Ben C Shuts’ Ben will also do demonstrations while welcoming young people and their families to PLAY WITH CLAY when they arrive. Join us from 5:30 to 7pm for the opening reception.
- SPECIAL EVENT – Headwaters Science Center is pleased to present an exhibit of nature photography as a part of the August First Friday Art Walk. Participants in a recent Headwaters Science Center Photography Camp will present their work during a reception from 5 to 6:30 pm on August 2nd on the upper balcony of the Science Center.
- Rail River Folk School – presents the Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage offering 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. Open mic starts at 7:30.
- Ravenrock Gallery of Jewelry and Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening of “Eclectic Energy” a collection of paintings and collage by Jan McLandsborough and Pamela Nelson. A reception will be held on August 2nd from 4:30 – 6:30. The Artists of Studio 10 will also display “Northwoods Inspiration”.
- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will proudly present “A Celebration of Light”, by painter Jane Freeman. Meet the artist at the opening reception on First Friday, August 2nd, from 3:00-5:00pm. Please Note: There is no First Friday Dinner and Wine Bar in August in observance of the Dragon Boat Festival.
EXHIBITS AROUND TOWN
- Beltrami County History Center features a new artwork on display from Gallery North, along with a new history center exhibit Th“Trails Through Time.” The Beltrami County History Center is open Wed-Sat, noon-4pm.
- Neilson Place presents a photography display of “Through Our Eyes” by Aynsley Kluchnik and Abby Szarkowski now through October. Framed and unframed photos as well as greeting cards will be available for purchase in the Bistro Gift Shop throughout the display’s duration.
For more information go to Upcoming First Friday
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First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji for July 5th, 2013
- Bemidji Community Art Center – will not be hosting a First Friday reception for July. We will be closed on the 4th for the Holiday. Please visit us now through July 27th for our current exhibit of oil paintings, watercolors and sculpture by John Lembi and his exhibit “Childs Play”. Also on display in gallery X2 is the recently completed model of the future Watermark Art Center. Visit the BCAC and SHOP 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave N (upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library on 5th St). Hours are Tues. to Fri. 12 to 5pm and Sat. 10am to 2pm.
- SPECIAL DATE! Beltrami County History Center features a new artwork on display from Gallery North, along with a new exhibit in our main hall: “Trails Through Time” – opening on Wednesday, July 3rd. The Beltrami County History Center is open Wed-Sat, noon-4pm. 218-444-3376
- Bemidji Public Library – presents an exhibit of work by area photographer Cal Rice featuring images from Cuba. Join us on July 5th, from 3:00 to 5:-00 pm to meet the artist.
- Brigid’s Pub – will be hosting a reception for a new art exhibit by the Artists of Studio 10. They will be participating as one of the First Friday events on July 5th, from 4:30 to 6:30.
- Gallery North – is pleased to host Daren Hanson and Barb Ellingson as their July Showcase Artists with a reception on Friday afternoon, July 5th from 2-5 pm. The First Friday Featured Artist is Marion Caroline Reil.
- Glazed and Amused – presents photographers, Ashley Houle and Joyce Klevens. Join us for the opening reception on Friday, July 5th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.
- SPECIAL DATE: Neilson Place presents a photography display of “Through Our Eyes” by Aynsley Kluchnik and Abby Szarkowski beginning July and continuing through October. Meet and talk with these photographers on Friday, July 12, 2013, from 3:00-4:30 in the Neilson Place lobby.
- Rail River Folk – presents Maxwell Kelsey as their featured artist for July for the First Friday Art Walk on July 5th. Join us from 5 to 7pm for the opening. Then stay for the Northwoods Folk Collective open mic starting at 7:30pm.
- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will feature local nature photographer Irv Strom through the month of July. Join us for the opening reception on First Friday July 5th, from 3-5pm. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar from 5:00-9:00pm.
For the full listing and more information about these exhibits and opening reception activities please check out our Upcoming First Friday Art Walk listing.
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Posted in Exhibitions on June 12, 2013 |
The theme of my show, “Childʼs Play,” is a subtle handling of memento mori. Memento mori is a Latin phrase translated as, “Remember your mortality.” It refers to a genre of artworks that vary widely, but share the same purpose–to remind us of our mortal limits. In the series, I am conveying this concept through childrenʼs block images. The block depictions all have the signifier of youth that the image carries, yet show the passage of time through the manipulation of their surface treatment. The ephemeral concept of memory may also come into play for some viewers.
Four Square 12 – watercolor
The 16 watercolors are presented in a series called “Foursquare,” with the goal of creating a unified, cohesive body of work. The images are somewhat flat in appearance. There is not an attempt to express great dimensionality. The letterforms are sometimes rotated or missing all together in these deconstructed word pictures. The viewer may also perceive the paintings as recognizable symbols with the added implications of language. My intention was to use the block images as explorations in color and composition and to employ the memento mori idea as a unifying concept.
Home – oil on canvas
The 10-12 oil paintings each contain an image and a word signifier. Iʼm exploring the connections of words and pictures. Quoting from an article by W. J. T. Mitchell, “We might call this division the relations between the seeable and the sayable, display and discourse, showing and telling.” It also relates to our youth when vocabulary was forming and through these simple toy devices a foundation was laid for communication.
- John Lembi
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- Bemidji Community Art Center – is happy to bring you an exhibition of oil paintings, watercolors and sculpture by John Lembi in his exhibit “Child’s Play”. Opening reception 5 pm to 7pm, with an artist talk at 6pm as a part of the First Friday Art Walk.
- Bemidji Public Library – presents an exhibit of work by area artist Gayle Highberg and her exhibit “Trying it All”. Join us from 3:00 to 5:-00pm for the artists reception.
- Gallery North – is pleased to host Kay Schuver as their June Showcase Artist and our First Friday Featured Artists are Monie Martin and Patty Lovegreen. Join us for our First Friday Art Walk reception from 2-5 pm.
- Rail River Folk –Northwoods Folk Collective open mic starting at 7:30pm.
- Ravenrock Gallery of Jewelry and Fine Art and Studio 10 – are pleased to announce the opening of EARTH, SEA, and SKY on Friday, June 7, 2013 from 5:00 until 7:00 with artists Dee Najjar and Terry Honstead.
- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will present “The People of Viet Nam”, Photography by Carol Hoyem, June 7th through July 2nd. Opening reception on First Friday, June 7th, from 3:00-5:00pm. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5:00-9:00pm.
EXHIBITS AROUND TOWN
- Neilson Place – The Neilson Place Art Committee Neilson place presents artist Beverly Joslyn on display now through June 2013. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus 1000 Anne Street NW. For hours or more information call 751-0220, ext #1.
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- Bemidji Community Art Center – invites you to the Annual 5th Grade Invitational and First Friday Art Walk Opening Reception on May 3rd from 4 to 6pm, featuring work by area 5th grade students from Central, Horace May, JW Smith, Lincoln, Northern, Red Lake, Schoolcraft, Solway and St. Philips Elementary Schools.
- Bemidji Public Library and Hope House – presents an exhibit of watercolor and creative writing along with a book release called “Leaves of the Writer – dreams and Visions”, created by Hope House Members with the guidance of painter in residence Judith Selby and writer in residence Cynthia Ekren. Join us for the opening reception from 2:00 to 5:00 PM featuring a reading at 3:30 and book signing by the authors as a part of the First Friday Art Walk on May 3rd.
- Gallery North – is pleased to host Mary Naylor as the Showcase Artist and Marie Hamre as the Featured Artist for the month of May with a reception on Friday afternoon, May 3rd from 2-5 pm.
- Glazed and Amused – presents artist Cody Bartz. Join us for the opening reception on Friday, May 3rd from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.
- Rail River Folk – presents Jon Heller and his exhibit “Odds & Ends” as their featured Artist for May. Opening reception is Friday May 3rd from 5pm to 7pm.
- Northwoods Folk Collective at Rail River – open mic starting at 7:30pm.
- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will present “A Little Local Color”, by painter Joan Wilson. Also featured will be an installation by mixed media artist Jami Burdick. Join us for the opening reception on First Friday, May 3rd, from 3-5pm.
EXHIBITS AROUND TOWN
Headwaters School of Music and the Arts and the Bemidji—ACLU-MN (Greater Minnesota Racial Justice North Project) presents the fourth annual “Art from Within” exhibit now extended through the month of May.
Neilson Place - The Neilson Place Art Committee Neilson place presents artist Beverly Joslyn on display now through June 2013.
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