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.

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.

Fathom Film Festival Tonight at the Mask and Rose

Join Saarens Productions, your friends and neighbors, and local filmmakers at the Mask and Rose Theater in Bemidji TONIGHT, Friday April 20, from 7:00-10:00 p.m. for the FATHOM FILM FESTIVAL.

Watch the movies that were selected to be part of the finale. Come see the films of Mike Bredon, Spencer Olson, and Harlan Hegna to choose YOUR favorite of the festival. You choose who wins and a cash prize of $100 in the BIGGEST Independent Film Festival in Northern Minnesota!

3 Requests for Proposals for Artists in Region 2

Sanford Center Art Committee announces two artist opportunities; Deadline March 15, 2012:

Sanford Center Showcase Exhibit
The Sanford Center Art Committee in Bemidji is seeking adult artists residing in Region 2 for six-week exhibits in the two new showcases in the Neilson Convention Center. The committee will select artists based on artistic quality, originality and craftsmanship of the work. Please go to the Sanford Center website to download the official Request for Proposal. (Once at the Sanford Center site, please scroll to the bottom of the page.)

Sanford Center Bike Racks
The Sanford Center Art Committee in Bemidji is seeking proposals from artists who wish to design and create functional bicycle racks to be integrated into the west side plaza of the facility.  The artist-designed bike racks are to be unique and functional and able to accommodate 14 bikes near Gate 4 and 7 bikes at Gate 2. The artist will receive $1,000 for the design, fabrication and delivery to the Sanford Center.  Please go to the Sanford Center website to download the official Request for Proposal. (Once at the Sanford Center site, please scroll to the bottom of the page.)

KBXE seeks artists for public art project
Deadline May 1, 2012:

Region 2 artists are encouraged to submit proposals for a public-art project involving the façade of the 90.5 KBXE studios/office space at 305 America Avenue NW in Bemidji. For more information, view the Request For Proposals at the KAXE website.

Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids Seeks a New Director

The Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids, MN is seeking applicants for the position of Director.  This is a part-time position requiring some weekend and evening hours in addition to some weekdays.

The ideal candidate will be professional, well-spoken, enthusiastic, and connected to the arts community.

Please send a resume to Nemeth Art Center, PO Box 328, Park Rapids , MN  56470. For complete job description, visit nemethartcenter.org.  Resumes must be received by Feb. 15.

Acrylic Painting Workshop: an abstract experience for beginners

Looking for a creative outlet involving paint, canvas, brushes, and an easel?  Sign up now for Acrylic Painting- an abstract experience for beginners!

Shannon Lucas Westrum of Wildflower Design Studios will teach a number of different techniques and mediums in a no-pressure creative environment. Students will be provided an easel, canvas, palette, paints and brushes for their use and will take home their canvas at the end of the day.

The workshop will take place on January 21st at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Avenue NW, Bemidji, MN, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with a break for lunch and then from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The registration deadline is January 12th.   To register, send a check in the amount of $40.00 made payable to the Region 2 Arts Council, at 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601. Call 218-751-5447 / 1-800-275-5447 or email staff@r2arts.org  with any questions.

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