Sept 25: R2AC Listening and Feedback Session for Hubbard County

Arts Downtown Park Rapids tonight, musical performances arranged by the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council at the Kinship spaghetti dinner on Friday, and Arts Leap 2012 on Saturday and Sunday make for a full arts weekend in Hubbard County!

With so much going on, don’t forget that Region 2 Arts Council invites Hubbard County Residents to attend a meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 to gather community input on how R2AC can best support the arts in Hubbard County. 

Schools, city and county government, non-profit organizations, artists, art organizations and community members are encouraged to attend and give feedback on Region 2 Arts Council’s grant programs, workshops and other arts activities.

It is important for us to listen to the needs and experiences of people such as yourself. Board members from Hubbard County and Region 2 Arts Council staff will be present at the listening session to ask questions and gather feedback. Please come and discuss your thoughts on how Region 2 Arts Council can better meet the needs of artists and art organizations, and continue to create thriving arts communities.

Date: Tuesday September 25, 2012
Location: Coldwell Banker, 101 South Main in Park Rapids
Time: 5:30 p.m.

If you have any questions or you would like additional information, please call 800 275-5447 or email staff@r2arts.org

Feel free to share this information. We’re hoping for a strong turn out!

Art Leap 2012 Invites Touring Sept. 22-23

Kathy Sanders Gourd Art

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council (PRLAAC) will sponsor Art Leap 2012 Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23. Art Leap is an “open studio event” featuring artists’ studios and culturally rich destinations in the Park Rapids area. For the 7th year, art lovers can use our map to find their way to area artists’ and artisans’ studios, workshops and other featured locations.

There will be familiar studio names to visit, as well as several new sites where visitors will have opportunities to meet mature artists/artisans who have been practicing their individual skills and talents in their chosen fields for decades. New studios will be Jeff Renner’s Wolf Paw Gallery, Elisa Borton’s Glass by Elisa and the home of Earl and Jeanette Wohlman. For the first time, Art Leap 2012 will extend to Walker to visit The ClayHouse and see Alan Fritz’s pottery and other works in the Artists’ Mall.

In addition to artists’ studios, stop by the Nemeth Art Center and watch Alice Blessing demonstrate her unique finger painting technique for creating realistic portraits. Also, see new work by Kayleen Horsma and meet the artist. This year, the White Birch Artists are displaying their work in the spacious lobby of Coldwell Banker Clack & Dennis Real Estate at the corner of South Main Avenue and state Highway 34.

Live musical performances will add to the experience on Saturday. Alex Ziemann will play from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Moose Creek Village in Downtown Park Rapids and Lori Goulet Reich will perform from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Paul Albright’s Sculpture Studio in rural Akeley. Both days Terrapin Station in Nevis will host the Art Leap Music Experience with a range of musicians, including Seth Doud, Make the Most, Kathyrn Anne Lavelle & Aaron Tank and Vibes for the Tribes.

All Art Leap studios and events are free and open to the public. Most studios and locations will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Park Rapids Community Education is offering a handicapped accessible bus tour to Art Leap destinations Saturday afternoon. (A fee will be charged to cover bus expense.) Call 218-237-6600.

Maps are available at Blank Canvas Gallery in Park Rapids and the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce or may be downloaded at www.prlaac.org or www.parkrapids.com.

Art Leap is sponsored by the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council. Funding for Art Leap is provided, in part, by Minnesota Power Foundation, Itasca-Mantrap’s Operation Round Up and a Region 2 Arts Council grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008.

The Arts Downtown PR Series Resumes on Thursday, Sept. 20

Craig Braunschweig will play at The Good Life Cafe.

The Arts Downtown Park Rapids Series is starting up next Thursday at four separate locations:

The reggae band, Make the Most, will entertain from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m. in the back of Bella Caffè. Make the Most features Josh Prendiz, lead vocals and guitar, Brandon Prendiz on the drums and Roger Fenzel, playing bass and doing back up vocals. The band has been together for the past three years and will play again from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 as part of the Art Leap Music Experience at Terrapin Station in Nevis.

There will be a post-release party for The Jack Pine Writers Bloc’s Talking Stick 21 at Beagle Books as a follow-up to the actual release party on September 15. Sharon Harris, her niece, Tarah L. Wolff, and possibly one other member of the Jack Pine Writers Bloc will present the latest edition of Talking Stick from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7 p.m.

Chasing Clarence, an international folk jazz trio, will play from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7 p.m. at Necce’s Ristorante. This group finds its soul deeply rooted in the forests of Minnesota and Malaysia. Prone to wander into territories uncharted, they offer toe-tapping tunes with authentic backwoods lyrical depth. Musicians in Chasing Clarence are Eric Bervig, Ezra Overly and Phoebe Mathius.

Craig Braunschweig will appear from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 at The Good Life Cafe. Braunschweig is from Menahga, graduated from Park Rapids High School and has been playing acoustic guitar and singing for 12 years. He will play a variety of genres from jazz to rock to his own compositions and may bring a friend to play along. Braunschweig played in Pioneer Park during the Youth Music & Art Showcase in August.

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council sponsors this activity which is funded in whole or in part by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

Aug 16, 17, 18 Youth Music and Arts Showcase IV in Park Rapids

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council will showcase the artistic talents of area youth during Youth Music and Art Showcase IV Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 16-18 2012 in downtown Park Rapids.

CONCERT FEATURING YOUNG MUSICIANS: THURSDAY AUG 16, 6-8 PM
Young musicians will perform in a concert from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, the last in the 2nd Street Stage summer music series. Solo performers in the line up are Camille Henderson, Taylor Schroeder, Autumn Pendegayosh, Tim Walsh and Alex Ziemann. Carly and Jake Helfrich will perform as a duo and three bands will take to the stage: Incredibly Real (Dan and Jack Walsh, Jack Bateman, Logan Veo and Derek Reichling) and Undecided (Trai Schmidt, Edgar Guajardo, Corey Joslyn and Josh Johnson).

Guest band will be Aitas from Staples. Andrew Capistrant, Chris O’Brien, Ethan Fleisher and Wyat Schwichtenberg began writing music together three years ago for a show at their hometown fair. Since then they’ve played throughout the state and opened for national acts like John Wayne and The Brew. A blend of reggae, rock and blues, the youths continue to grow in their style.

YOUTH MUSICIANS IN and AROUND TOWN: FRIDAY AUG 17
Friday afternoon, piano students, including Maeve Bolton, Keegan Heegard, Coral Johnson, Paige Leeseberg, Mary Rose Nichols, Cascade Oppitz, Brooklyn Partlow, Cody Smith and Ellie Ulvin will play at Bella Caffè and other young musicians will entertain in Pioneer Park on Main Street. The Pine Point drum group, Prairie Thunder, and a grass dancer will perform at 1:30 p.m. and the reggae band, Make the Most (Roger Fenzel and Josh and Brandon Prendiz) will play in the late afternoon. A number of the youth participating in Thursday night’s concert also will perform Friday afternoon.

STUDENT ARTWORK IN DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES
Student artists’ works, including paintings, photography, sculpture and pottery, will be shown at businesses in downtown Park Rapids. A schedule of the young artists and venues will be available to guide people to all locations.

A panel of judges will view the students’ works. Four $100 scholarships will be given to high school students and four $25 scholarships to middle school age students.

CHALK ART ENCOURAGED!
Day care providers and parents of preschoolers are invited to do chalk art on downtown sidewalks Friday morning. Free chalk will be available at Wildwood Enchantment, 209 South Main Ave.

Funding for Youth Music and Art Showcase IV is provided, in part, by Itasca-Mantrap’s Operation Round Up and by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  

Register Now! R2AC FREE Grant Writing Workshops in July

With a new round of grant deadlines approaching, Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) will offer free grant writing workshops for organizations, schools, and units of government and individuals within the five counties of Region 2.

Workshops for organizations will cover  Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants (Aug 16 deadline) and Arts Project Grants (Sept 12 deadline). Special attention will be given to Outcome-Based Evaluations for Arts and Cultural Heritage grants.

Workshops for individual artists will cover Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants (Aug 16 deadline), R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowships (Sept 12 deadline), Individual Artist Grants (Oct 4 deadline), and Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants (Oct 3 deadline).

Please REGISTER in advance.  Email staff@r2arts.org or call 218 849-2996 or 1800 275-5447.

Monday July 16: Clear Waters Life Center, 226 Elm Street, Gonvick MN
Grants for organizations, schools, and units of government: 6-7:30 p.m.
Grants for individuals: 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday July 18: Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Avenue NW, Bemidji MN
Grants for organizations, schools, and units of government: 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Grants for individuals: 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Thursday July 19: Coldwell Banker, 101 Main Ave S., Park Rapids MN
Grants for organizations, schools, and units of government: 6-7:30 p.m.
Grants for individuals: 7:30-8:30

Thursday July 19: The Depot, Baudette MN
Grants for organizations, schools, and units of government: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Grants for individuals: 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Thursday July 26: Red Apple Café, 116 North Main Street, Mahnomen MN
Grants for organizations, schools, and units of government: 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Grants for individuals: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

All workshops will familiarize potential applicants with the application process, what projects are eligible, how to develop a project budget and other tips.

Opening Reception TONIGHT at Blank Canvas Gallery

Recent Works by featured artists Jerry and Judy Wegenast are on display for the month of July at Blank Canvas Gallery in Park Rapids, MN.   Judy’s work  has been inspired by the dancers at the Northland Studio of Dance; Jerry’s work highlights the beauty of hickory.

The opening reception runs tonight, June 29, from 5-7 p.m.

Guest Artists at Blank Canvas Gallery for July include Connie Schindle, White Birch Artists, Jon Offett, Pat Doughty, Nediha Kolakovic, Dennis Krull, and Kelly Sanquist.

Blank Canvas Gallery is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
311 Main Avenue South, Park Rapids, MN.

Artist Talk in Park Rapids, Art Opening in Bagley THIS WEEKEND!

“Do a Sun Dance” by Alice Blessing

June 10    Artists’ Reception and Talk at Blank Canvas Gallery in Park Rapids, MN
Visual Artist Alice Blessing will give an artist talk at 2:45 pm
about her children’s book illustrations and paintings.  This Meet the Artist talk is the capstone event of Blessing’s 2011 R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowship.  Blessing was one of two Region 2 Artists to receive a $6000 Career Development Fell0wship in 2011.

Also at Blank Canvas: Don’t miss Park Rapids area artist Bickey Bender as Featured artist this month, as well as enjoy the work of Alice Blessing other guest artists for the month of June.

Time: Reception 1-3 p.m. Talk: 2:45 p.m. 
Location:
Blank Canvas Galley, 311 Main Ave. South, Park Rapids

June 10, 12-14     Gayle Highberg Exhibit
Visual Artist Gayle Highberg will exhibit her acrylic, watercolor and mixed media work at The Fireside in Bagley, MN.  Highberg was a 2011 recipient of a McKnight Funded R2AC Individual Artist Grant giving her the opportunity to mentor with local artist Terry Honstead.

Time and Date: Opening reception June 10 from 3-6 p.m. Show continues June 12-14 from 12 noon – closing.
Location: The Fireside Restaurant is located 1 mi. west of Bagley on Highway 2.


Two Blank Canvas Gallery Workshops to Watch for this June

Friday June 15, 2012 in Park Rapids: Photography 101 for Artists. 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Blank Canvas Gallery presents a workshop by local photographer Cal Rice. Participants learn how to photograph both two and three dimensional art to document their work for marketing brochures, juried shows or their own inventory.

Time and Date: Friday June 15 from 10AM to 3PM
Location: Northwoods Bank on 1200 First Street in Park Rapids  There is a limit of 16 participants so register now! (deadline June 8).

June 19-21, 2012 in Park Rapids:  Painting Crystal in Watercolor
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Instructed by June Young , an experienced watercolorist and well-known teacher, participants will enjoy excellent instruction and personal attention in this class.  Participants in this workshop will learn to use the process of glazing to produce a realistic watercolor painting of cut glass crystal, learning to use the subtle nuances of color and light to make a painting come alive and achieve luminosity in a finished piece.

Please note that class size is limited so don’t delay if you are interested in taking the class. Registrations are already coming in.

For further information, materials list  and registration form go to www.blankcanvasgallery.org or, contact Karen Sharbo at: 218-732-5630, Cell: 612-619-7506. email: karensharbo@me.com

Arts Downtown Park Rapids this Thursday from 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Author Judy Merritt to read from her recent novel, Ghost Dancer.

The Arts Downtown PR series continues from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17 in downtown Park Rapids.

Brian Skinness will entertain from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Bella Caffè, 116 3rd Street West. He plays and sings a wide range of music he describes as “improvisational psychedelic country in the tradition of jazz.” One could also say he puts a new twist on a lot of favorites. Skinness owns Terrapin Station, Music, Art and Wellness Centre in Nevis.

Judy Merritt, who is also from Nevis, will be signing and reading from her new novel, Ghost Dancer, from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Beagle Books, 112 3rd Street West. Three and a half years in the writing, the book chronicles the extraordinary dream journey of Spotted Weasel, the ghost of a Lakota Ghost Dancer, whose dreams include the present (1986) landscape of rural South Dakota and the people who lived there, the timeless and mysterious world of the Great Spirits, and the stone temples and people from an ancient past. Part of the research for this novel was made possible through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council which funded a trip to South Dakota, where Judy met with historian Chuck Rambow, author of the book, Bear Butte: Journeys to the Sacred Mountain.

Chasing Clarence, a friendly international folk jazz trio, will play from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m. at The Good Life Cafe, 220 South Main Ave. This group finds its soul deeply rooted in the forests of Minnesota and Malaysia. With musical influences as wide ranging as the Mississippi River, their tenacious blend of vocal harmony and acoustical wittiness provide a true feeling of fresh. Prone to wander into territories uncharted, they offer toe-tapping tunes with authentic backwoods lyrical depth. The participants are Eric Bervig, Ezra Overly, Phoebe Mathius. Joining the trio for 3rd Thursday will be professional violinist Jeff Menten.

From 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m. Park Rapids students will share their speeches from this year’s round of contests at Blank Canvas Gallery & Education Center, 311 South Main Ave. Students participating are: Olivia Fischer – drama, Rachel Konshok – storytelling, Noah Schulz and Madi Griffith – duo interpretation (participated in state speech), Sarah Schultz – storytelling (participated in state speech), Myah Schultz – humor, Tori Campbell – poetry and Kalee Holland – extemporaneous reading.

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council’s 3rd Thursdays will suspended for the summer and resume Sept. 20. Until then, you’re invited to 2nd Street Stage events from 6-8 pm Thursdays, June 21-Aug. 16.

This activity is funded in whole or in part by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

Meet the Artists! Friday May 4th at the Blank Canvas Gallery

MEET THE ARTISTS   –   OPEN HOUSE
The Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center in Park Rapids is continuing their Featured Artist and Guest Artist programs for their 2012 season. They are hosting an open house reception for well known area resident and May Featured Artist June House,  and guest artists Dawn Rossbach and Tiffany Besonen, on Friday, May 4th 2012 from 5 to 7 PM.

Each artist has their own style, subject, and medium preferences. BCG tries to show a wide variety of artwork so the viewing public may have the pleasure of seeing different artists’ work that they may otherwise not have the opportunity to appreciate.

At the Open House Reception, plan to enjoy refreshments and mingle with June, other BCG artist members and guest artists at the gallery.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the public to see unique and beautiful art, ask questions of the artists, and learn more about the artwork that is created by the many talented artists in the region. Visitors may even be inspired to dig out their old, forgotten art materials and start creating again themselves.

It’s always free, fun and inspiring to visit:
Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center
311 Main Ave. S.
Park Rapids, MN 56470    218-237-5112      www.blankcanvasgallery.org

This activity is funded in whole or in part by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts, and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008.