July First Friday in Bemidji!

Marko Fields original

Bemidji Community Art Center and the Northern Clay Center present 6 McKnight Artists featuring an artist talk and presentation by two of the featured ceramic artists, Andrea Leila Denecke and Marko Fields. Join for the opening reception as a part of the First Friday Art Walk on July 2nd from 5 to 7pm, presentation starts at 6pm. Also opening in July in Gallery X2 – the Headwaters Basketmakers Guild with an exhibit of new work created in honor of the Guild’s 20th Anniversary.  Both exhibits run July 2nd through August 25th.  The BCAC is free and open to the public.  Hours are Tues to Fri. 12 to 5pm and Sat. 12 to 4pm. Visit the Art Center and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave N (Carnegie Library on 5th St) (218) 444-7570, on the web at www.bcac.wordpress.com email –  bcac@paulbunyan.net

Bad Cat Creations Gallery & Gifts – Featured Artist for July is Rustic Furniture Artist & Woodworker, Duane Shoup.  Duane will be demonstrating how to attach the bent twig parts to the frame on a bentwood chair. Duane will discuss the thought process that went into his latest freeform rocker design. Then you will watch as he takes more than 20 parts and assembles them into a rocking chair.  Join us for refreshments and meet the artist at the opening reception and demo are from 4-6pm as a part of the July First Friday Art Walk. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring Art & Fine Craft by over 50 different artists and an eclectic selection of fun gifts and contemporary accessories.  Showcasing mostly local artists, Bad Cat has everything from jewelry and ceramics to cards and fun accessories for you and your home.  Bad Cat Creations is located at 315 Irvine Ave NW.  For more information call 218-444-9225.

Beltrami County History Center The Beltrami County Historical Society presents “Patterns and People” by photographer and artist John Eggers.  Stop by and enjoy refreshments and Free Admission into the Museum on Friday July 2nd and every First Friday from 10 to 4pm. The History Center is located at 130 Minnesota Avenue SW in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot. Hours are Mon – Sat 10am to 4pm.  For more information 219-444-3376 or www.beltramihistory.org

Bemidji Public Library presents Maureen O’Brien and her exhibit “Let Nature Heal” as the featured artists on the Library Wall.  Maureen feels that “the time spent in nature is powerfully important for the human spirit.  To allow time to be surrounded by the beauty of nature sustains us and I try to provide that with my paintings.” Join us on July 2nd from 3 to 5pm as a part of the First Friday Art Walk to visit with Maureen about her work.  For more information on this exhibit or opportunities for exhibiting at the Public Library, please contact Bemidji Public Library Art Wall Coordinator Paul Simonson, 444-7886.

Brigids Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant– will be featuring Jonathan Billing as the July Artist of the Month.  Jonathan’s show will consist of a series of vessels made from oak, each unique and crafted to please the eye while showcasing the character of the wood.  All pieces will be available for purchase.  The public can meet the artist at the pub from 6 to 7pm on Friday, July 2 as a part of the First Friday Art Walk.  Brigid’s Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant is open at 11 am Monday through Saturday and noon on Sundays.

More information is available by calling 218-444-0567 or on the web at www.brigidsirishpub.com

Cabin Coffeehouse and Café presents work by Ted and Nathaniel Nienow of Wood Wildflowers as their Featured Artists with their exhibit, “Shades of Summer”, for the month of July.  Seeking to capture the wonder and beauty of nature, this small Northern Minnesota business, Wood Wildflowers, has been creating fine handcrafted products since 1987.  Their flower designs begin with extensive photographic research.  They then choose a flower to model based on color, shape, and simple elegance creating a process where art meets engineering.  See how they make wood flow into smooth, delicate curves recreating wildflowers in wood.  Join us for free coffee and desserts and to meet Nathaniel from 4pm – 6pm as part of the Bemidji First Friday Art Walk.  The Cabin also features original art and cards for sale by Audrey Merschman. The Cabin is open Mon. – Fri. 7am to 8pm, Sat. 7am to 7pm and Sun. 8:30am to 5pm.Visit us at 214 3rd Street or call 218-444-2899 for more information

Dunn Bros Coffee –invites you to their July First Friday Art Walk Opening Reception from 5 to 7pm featuring by work Pat Shough. Pat, who paints under the name of “Sillimandi”, is a vibrant colorist who brings her creative spontaneity to works in watercolor and acrylic.  She has a fascination with color and with a variety of subjects including flowers, birds, ocean scenes and animals.  Her large canvases can accent and take the stage in any room design where vivid colors are the focal point.  Pat has attended many workshops across the U.S., has been accepted to juried shows and received several awards.  In 2010, she received a creativity of Award for her, “Iris Blue” watercolor from the Artists of Minnesota show in Duluth.  At present, Pat is teaching watercolor classes at the new “Sillimandi Art Studio” here in Bemidji.  Dunn Bros is open 6am to 7pm – Monday to Friday, 7am to 7pm on Saturdays and 7am to 6pm on Sundays.  Visit us at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S. or Call (218) 444-5252 dunnbros106@dunnbros.com

Gallery North invites you to their July First Friday opening reception from 2 to 5pm to meet their Featured Artist – Gallery North member, Jeanie Fenner.  Jeanie creates jewelry and twisted wire sculptures.  The Showcase Artist featured for July is “Students of Gallery North”. If you have taken a class at Gallery North this year and have artwork you wish to exhibit please drop it off at the Gallery on Thursday July 1st. The Artwork will be on display for the month of July at Gallery North.

Upcoming Classes at Gallery North : Watercolor painting class “Stained Glass Birches” will be offered Saturday July 17th at 1-pm. Class fee is $45 or $40 with prepaid registration. All materials will be provided and students will complete a matted 16×20″ watercolor painting of birches in the reflected early evening light. Paid registrations taken at Gallery North. For further information call 759-2952 or 751-7741/ email galleryn@paulbunyan.net

Neilson Place – The North Country Health Services Art Committee presents “The Language of Flowers” by Bemidji Artist Pamela Nelson.  The exhibit will be on display at Neilson Place now through October 2010 for the pleasure of residents, families, staff and the community at large.  Please join us at an Opening Reception on Friday, July 2nd 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in the WoodsEdge Bistro as a part of the First Friday Art Walk.  Pam will give a brief presentation on her work at 3:00 p.m.  Come and enjoy the exhibit, refreshments and conversation with the artist!  Also featured, now through the month of July – Handwoven Baskets by Eve Sumsky in the new coffee and gift shop, The Bistro at WoodsEdge.  The Bistro at WoodsEdge is located just inside the front entryway to Neilson Place at WoodsEdge, on the North Country Health Services Senior Living Campus, 1000 Anne St. NW. Bemidji.  For more information, email lpapkelarson@nchs.com.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House – Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will present new works by multi-media artist Ashleigh Buck, July 2nd through 28th.  Ashleigh will present encaustic or “hot wax” paintings, a technique that applies colored beeswax to clay surfaces producing textured and tangible pieces. Since graduating with a degree in painting and drawing, Ashleigh has been exploring more three dimensional techniques, finding more satisfaction in the surface quality and sculptural feel of encaustic pieces; starting with a clay surface allows for basic preliminary format choices that a flat canvass cannot offer.  Join us for her opening reception during the First Friday Art Walk, July 2nd, from 3:00 to 5:00pm. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, from 5:00 to 9:00PM, featuring a new menu every month and wine and beer list to match.  523 Minnesota Avenue in Downtown Bemidji. Call 444-JAVA for details.