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Around the Arts, May 6

The Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department and the Bemidji Community Theater will host Theater Day Camps at BSU's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex from 1 to 4 p.m. June 4-15. (Pioneer file photo)

North County Faces and Places comes to Bemidji

BEMIDJI—The Beltrami County History Center will host the program "North Country Faces and Places" from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. The center is located at 130 Minnesota Ave. SW

The Sutter brothers, Ross and Bart, will present a 50-minute program of music and stories, poetry and song that explores the history, culture, people, critters, and landscape of northern Minnesota. For more than 30 years, The Sutter brothers have performed shows that integrate Bart's original writing with Ross' versions of traditional Scandinavian and American songs and tunes. "North Country Faces and Places" will offer glimpses of early settlers, memories of a vanished village school, a peek inside a pioneer cabin, a lament for lost towns, praise for big bogs, and celebrations of colorful farm folk and fishermen, a press release said. The show will be specially designed to evoke memories and provoke curiosity about regional history, the release said.

The winner of four fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Ross Sutter has performed for "A Prairie Home Companion" and the Winnipeg Folk Festival, among hundreds of other venues. He also has won the prestigious Sally Award from the Ordway Foundation for his work in arts education.

The author of eight books, Bart Sutter is the only author to win the Minnesota Book Award in three different categories: poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. He also has written for public radio and has had four plays produced. Winner of the George Morrison Artist Award for his

contributions to the arts in northeastern Minnesota, Bart was named the first Poet Laureate of Duluth in 2006.

Community Theater, city to host day camps

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department and the Bemidji Community Theater will host Theater Day Camps at BSU's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex from 1 to 4 p.m. June 4-15. The program will include four levels campers can choose based on their performance experience and interest. Each level will have a final performance for families and friends. Cost is $75 per participant. To register, visit Information, call (218) 333-1857.

Level 1: Skill building and performance: Campers will work on basic theater skills which include acting, singing and dancing.

Level 2: Advanced performance camp: Campers will audition for roles and produce a more challenging performance.

Out of the Box: Campers will write their own script as well as perform their original play at the end of camp.

Tech Camp: For those campers who want to learn about the behind the scenes. Campers will participate in scenic painting, costuming and stage combat.

Bemidji Chorale plans Mother's Day concert

BEMIDJI — The Bemidji Chorale will present A Mother's Day Concert titled "We, The People" at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at the Beaux Arts Ballroom at BSU. The free event will be followed with the traditional Mother's Day Ice Cream Social.

This program will include new and familiar American tunes from the Revolutionary War to the present day. "We invite everyone to come together, setting aside divisions, and consider what it is that unites us. We especially recognize those who have served in our military, and all those who work to keep us safe," a release said.

Opera Night Gala set for May 25-26

BEMIDJI—The Opera Night Gala will be held Friday and Saturday, May 25-26 at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 1019 Paul Bunyan Drive SE. Beginning at 7 both nights, the gala will consist of arias and ensembles by 12 singers.

J. Warren Mitchell, tenor, will be back after appearances in Germany, and Thomas Cannon, a professional singer from Oklahoma City, will appear for the first time in the Opera Night Gala. BSU faculty members Cory Renbarger, Phong Nguyen, and Mark Christensen along with several students will complete the roster.

The evening will include a five-course meal intermingled with five sets of arias and songs from operas and Broadway. For more information, contact Fulton Gallagher at (218) 586-2536 or

Evangelical Free Church to host concert

BEMIDJI—The Sanctuary Choir and Ring Jubilant Praise Handbell Choir of the Evangelical Free Church of Bemidji will present a concert of sacred music at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 6.

An instrumental ensemble will accompany some of the selections. Directors are Kenneth J. Wold, Jake Kaehne and Judy Emery. Laura Engelstad is the pianist. The program, "A Concert of Joy," will feature music used in worship throughout the recent season, with some selections from Christmas, Lent and Easter as well as other expressions of joyful praise, a press release said. Following the performance, there will be a reception with refreshments. The event is open to the public, and there is no admission charge. The Evangelical Free Church is located at 115 Carr Lake Road SW.

Unite Against Hate seeks artwork for exhibit

BEMIDJI—Unite Against Hate-Bemidji invites artists to submit artwork for a temporary exhibit that will be on display at Brigid's Pub downtown. The goal of the exhibit is to create solidarity across racial, religious, sexual and gender lines to bridge the divides that exist in communities, a press release said. Artists of all backgrounds and experiences are invited to submit proposals for consideration.

The exhibit will open in accordance with the First Friday Art Walk on Friday, June 1. The First Friday opening will feature poets, songwriters and other performers at Brigid's Pub. The exhibit will run from June 1-June 30. Artwork must have the capability to be displayed on a wall and must be appropriate for a family friendly restaurant.

Submissions will be accepted through May 21. Artists should email the following information to championdangName; age of artist; email address; phone number; town; state; electronic photo of work; dimensions of work; description; title and medium of work; sale price of work/not for sale; and explanation of why/how the work relates to the theme "Unite Against Hate."

If accepted for the Unite Against Hate Exhibit, artists acknowledge they will be responsible for delivering their artwork to Leah at Brigid's Pub in downtown Bemidji by May 26. They will be able to collect the piece after June 30.

Headwaters hosts surreal painting workshop

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW, will host a surreal painting workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 10 and 17. The class is for "beginners on up" who are 18 or older. Cost is $40 for members and $45 for the public.

The class, led by Terry Honstead, will teach students "about basic human form and how to place it in an imagined landscape," a press release said.

For more information or to register, call (218) 444-5606 or visit

Storyteller presents concerts and workshops

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music and Arts will host award-winning storyteller Laura Packer for a series of performances and workshops. All activities will take place at Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. For more information or to register for workshops, visit or call (218) 444-5606.

A storyteller, educator and consultant with 20-plus years of experience, Packer, of Wayzata, Minn., tells original and traditional stories for all audiences with a focus on adults, families and older children, a press release said. Her stories cover the range of human experience from the most grounded to the fantastical and are a collaborative creation with the audience, drawing listeners into the world of the story, the release said.

The performances and workshops include:

• May 11 at 7 p.m. Free. Public Performance featuring original work meant to bridge barriers of gender, ethnicity and age. This event is appropriate for individuals of all ages. The venue is wheelchair accessible and a sign language interpreter will take part in the performance.

• June. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. #metoo Stories Workshop. Packer will guide adult women through techniques to craft and tell stories of their experiences. A community performance featuring workshop participants will take place at 7 p.m. the following evening on Saturday, June 2, with discussion about #metoo moments. Workshop pre-registration required. Registration fee $25.

• June 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Find Your Voice Workshop. Packer will lead this workshop for teen girls, allowing them to craft stories from their lives and gain confidence in their public speaking skills. The workshop concludes with a 3 p.m. friends-and-family performance. Pre-registration Required, Registration fee $25 (scholarships available).

• June 2 at 7 p.m. Public Performance. A free concert featuring workshop participants.

Farm By the Lake seeks applicants for festival

BAGLEY—In anticipation of its Fifth Annual Festival, Farm By the Lake has posted a call for artists, authors, musicians, and classic cars. The festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26. To receive an application, call (218) 694-2084 or email The registration deadline is July 31. Farm By the Lake is located at 17797 366th St.