Blank Canvas Gallery Open House, Sunday Oct. 14

Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center will be hosting an Open House Reception on Sunday October 14 from 1 – 3 p.m. at 311 Main Avenue South in Park Rapids, MN.

Art works by all of the gallery members  will be on the the “Featured Artist” wall.  New works by the following Guest Artists will be throughout the gallery:

  • Kayleen Horsma – oil painter
  • Kay Wagner – photographer
  • Marcella Rose – painter – sculptor
  • Jo Hill – hand painted silk pillows
  • Gina Singer –  pottery
  • Tom Carew – floral designs

This  is a great opportunity to purchase holiday gifts from the large array of wall art, jewelry, wood sculpture, stained glass, pottery, books and much more.

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 or

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.

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.

The Art of Puppetry is Gaining Ground in Region 2

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Thanks to Margaret Burger of Fortuna Puppet Theater, both youth and adults in Region 2 are experiencing the world of puppetry, from puppet making to puppet manipulation.

Puppeteer Margaret Burger has brought the art of puppetry to the Boys and Girls Club of the Bemidji area, First Fridays at the Bemidji Community Art Center’s Freaxis Studios, ARTCAMP week at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, and to area adults participating in puppet making and manipulation classes at Burger’s studio.

Last fall, Burger received funding through a Region 2 Arts Council Individual Artist Grant to mentor in puppetry with Sandy Spieler of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre in Minneapolis.

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. 
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.

Blackduck Student Art Show Opens May 19th

Come appreciate student art, May 19-26, 2012!

Art will be on display at the Tin Pan gALLErY
located in the Blackduck History and Art Center
at Main Street and Margaret Avenue in Blackduck, MN.

Special “Open House” hours for this event are
4:00 to 6:30 P.M. –  Wednesday, May 23rd.

Stop by after school, during the Building Trades show or
before the School’s Band Concert!

Lake of the Woods Art Guild Sponsors Oil Painting Still Life Workshop May 18-20

Professional Artist, Ruth Ann Nordlund will teach an oil painting still life workshop May 18 – 20 at the Lake of the Woods School Art Room.

Cost is only $25.00 plus supplies for the entire weekend. The class is open to anyone ages 9th grade through adult and all skill levels. Class size will be limited to 15 and available on a first come first served basis.

Friday, May 18th  Optional pot luck at 5 pm; demonstration session 6 – 8 pm.  Saturday,  May 19th 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday, May 20th 12 pm – 4 pm

This workshop will be a fabulous skills-building opportunity for students to learn about Ruth Ann Nordlund’s methods and techniques in order to produce their own original creative works.  Students will set up a still life, including choosing objects, arrangement and lighting.  Following this, the students will begin to create their own painting with assisted support.  Instruction will be emphasizing the main principles of concepts, value, edges, and color and their relationship to the surface.  Students will discover the interaction between objects and how light travels across the painting.

Ruth Ann Nordlund is from Shevlin, MN where she operates a professional studio.  She was an art educator for over 20 years and studied at workshops in Taos, New Mexico and Norway.  She is a member of Women Artists of the West and Oil Painters of America.  Examples of her work can be viewed on her website:

Registration deadline is May 12.  To register for the class call 218-341-9692 or 218-634-1561, and mail a check for $25.00 payable to the Lake of the Woods Art Guild, 745 21st Ave SW, Baudette, MN  56623.  Please include your name, address, phone, and email address.

This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.

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

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

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.

Puppetry 101 Workshop: Registration Deadline May 9th!

Join puppeteer Margaret Burger of Fortuna Puppet Theatre to learn the ground rules for basic rod puppet manipulation through direct practice and feedback. An amazing amount of expression can be achieved from this simple puppet that is manipulated with a rod on the head and on one arm. Watch your skills with your puppet develop through improvisation and simple storylines.

The workshop will be held in Freaxis Studios, lower level BCAC, 426 Bemidji Ave. on Wednesdays, May 16, 23, 30, & June 6 from 6-8 p.m. If you missed Margaret’s earlier workshop, “Build a Bunraku-inspired Rod Puppet,” and do not have a rod puppet to use, don’t worry. For an extra $5 Margaret will provide with a generic rod puppet for you to practice with.

The registration deadline is May 9, 2012. To register, send a check in the amount of $25.00 made payable to the Region 2 Arts Council, at 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601. Please note that there will be no refunds unless the workshops are cancelled. For more information call Region 2 Arts Council at 218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447.

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant Recipients Announced

Dennis Williams and Dana Goodwin, beaded moccasins.

The Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) awarded $3,900 through the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Program. Monies awarded are for arts activities related to its mission of supporting, maintaining, and promoting traditional and contemporary Native American arts in North Central Minnesota.

The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative grants program is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation.  The grant recipients and information about their projects are listed below.

Dana Goodwin, of Mahnomen, received $1,000 to create, in collaboration with Dennis Williams, a beaded, quilted, and brain-tanned buckskin skirt to accompany a fully beaded northern traditional top.

Dennis Williams, of Mahnomen, was awarded $989 to create, in collaboration with Dana Goodwin, a beaded, quilted, and brain-tanned buckskin skirt to accompany a fully beaded northern traditional top.

David Clark, of Bemidji, received $1,000 to purchase Protools software and Grace Design M101 microphone pre-amp to help in recording his next album with his band N8ive Bro.

Mika Marqui Pacheco-Northbird, of Cass Lake, was awarded $911 to create fully beaded dance regalia to be used as first prize in a local Iron Man Contest.

Current AAI Council members are Tom Buckanaga, Mary Guardipee, Douglas Lee, Genny Lowry, Bernice Mitchell, Delana Smith, Debra Warren, Delina White, and Harold “Dunesy” White, Jr.

The next deadline for the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Grant for Native American Artists is October 3, 2012. Call the Region 2 Arts Council office at 751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447 for more information. Applications for these grants will be available in the Region 2 Arts Council Office at 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN  56601.