National Cherry Blossom Festival Seeking Groups to Perform

2012 marks a special anniversary for the National Cherry Blossom Festival.  The organizers of this event have contacted Senator Al Franken’s office to spread the word that they are looking for at least one instrumental and one vocal ensemble from each of the 50 states to perform in various venues throughout the nation’s capital during the festival.

2012 will mark the 100th anniversary of the original gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the City of Washington honoring the friendship between the United States and Japan. To honor this anniversary, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is planning a five-week, city-wide Festival from March 20-April 27 – an unprecedented tribute to the Festival’s history, complemented by world-class events.

The organizers of this Festival are looking for outstanding choirs or instrumental ensembles (orchestras, symphonic or marching bands) from each of the 50 states.

These performers can be from a variety of levels, including but not limited to, youth, university, community and professional groups. Ensembles will perform at least 2-3 times in venues associated with the Festival during a 3-4 day period.

If a group is interested in pursuing this opportunity, please contact Katherine Blauvelt in Sen. Franken’s Saint Paul Office as soon as possible but no later than September 8, 2011.  She can be reached at

Call for Artists: Lady Slipper Celebration in Blackduck, MN

There are a limited number of spaces available for people to display their arts and crafts in a unique setting at the Blackduck, Minnesota segment of the Lady Slipper Celebration, Saturday, June 25. Nature-related arts/crafts are preferred, either depicting nature or using natural materials. Participants will be hosted in downtown or Wayside Rest area businesses/buildings, and will be featured in “Art Around Town,” the art walk portion of the festival. The hours will be 10 – 4. On the day of the tour, maps will be available at the Wayside Rest Festival Information Center and at sites downtown.

Artists will be matched to an appropriate site for the type of display. In most cases you will need to bring your own display tables and stands. Parking and access to your site should be convenient. Setup will be 9 am Saturday unless you make arrangements with your host for access on Friday afternoon.

Cost for registration will be $15, payable within 10 days after registering by phone. Please contact Shirley, 218-835-7826 or Jeff, 218-835-4319, by June 3 for more information or to register.

Call for Entries for the 13th Annual Bemidji Sculpture Walk

Northern Minnesota’s passion for the arts is celebrated in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk. A selection committee composed of art professionals from the community will select up to twenty sculptures that are of the best quality and workmanship. A $300 honorarium will be awarded to each exhibitor, courtesy of a local business sponsor or community member.


First Prize award of $1,000 will be given to the People’s Choice award winner.

Second Prize award of $500 will be given to the Critic’s Choice award winner.

Third Prize award of $250.

Postmarked on or before March 29, 2011:

Sculptors must submit the following items – Information about the sculpture: title, materials, price, insurance value, size. Images of works: CD-rom,  photo jpeg,  or photos, all numbered & labeled with artist’s name, title, media and date made. A written proposal for a sculpture will be accepted, along with back-up criteria and drawing. A Biographical/Artist Statement & Artist Resume, if available. SASE for return of materials. A completed and signed copy of the loan agreement form (please request a copy of this form by calling (218) 243 2685 or e-mailing

Email submissions are encouraged.  If submitting by mail, send submission to: Bemidji Sculpture Walk, P.O. Box 1444, Bemidji, MN 56619.

Sculpture Competition Calendar:

January 2011 Call for Entries

March 29, 2011 Postmark deadline for entries

April 7, 2011 Notification of sculpture selections

May 20-21, 2011 Delivery and Installation

April – May , 2012 Pickup and Removal of Sculpture

Each year, numerous works from the Sculpture Walk have been sold to businesses and individuals.  The Sculpture Walk has been featured in articles in Minnesota Monthly, Minneapolis Star and Tribune, Grand Forks Herald and the Bemidji Pioneer.

July/August Northern Arts News

In this issue: July/August Northern Arts News

Leaves and Lines by Bemidji artist Malisa VanMaasdam

Upcoming Grant Deadlines
Recent Grant Recipients
Upcoming Grant Writing Workshops
Opportunities for Artists
Summer Arts Calendar
Showcase Artist: Malisa VanMaasdam

Snake by Bemidji artist Malisa VanMaasdam