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.

Click here for other upcoming R2AC sponsored workshops!

Artist Mentor Update: Ivan Smith

In Spring 2011, Trek North student Ivan Smith received a Region 2 Arts Council Artist Mentor grant to learn metal sculpture from local metal sculpture artist, Al Belleveau.   Take a look and see what they’ve been up to!

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This activity is funded in whole or in part by 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.

It’s Only Clay 2011 Lecture, Opening Reception, and Workshop This Week

The Bemidji Community Art Center is proud to announce the opening of the 9th Annual It’s Only Clay National Juried Exhibit featuring a lecture, workshop, and opening reception with our 2011 Juror, Guillermo Cuellar.

Community Lecture: On Wed November 2nd at 7pm, Cuellar will trace his personal history from Venezuela to Minnesota and explore how the physical surroundings, sound examples of hand-made crafts, and a spirit of community have influenced his work and enriched his life.  The lecture is free and open to the public and will be hosted at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave, Downtown Bemidji.

Workshop: Techniques For Wheel Thrown Utilitarian Pots will be hosted on the Campus of Bemidji State University on Nov. 3 thru 4.

The Opening Reception for IOC 2011 Exhibit: The opening reception will take place at the Bemidji Community Art Center on Friday Nov 4th from 5 to 7pm with a brief presentation by Butch Holden and Cuellar at 6pm.  This event is a part of the First Friday Art walk and free and open to the public.

IOC 2011 is cosponsored by the BCAC and the BSU Visual Arts Department.  Support is provided by Holiday Inn Express Bemidji and the BSU Ceramics Club.  This activity is also made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.

For more information regarding this program or other events at the BCAC go to our website at www.bcac.wordpress.com or call 218-444-7570

Region 2 Arts Council Sponsors “Photography 101 for Artists” Workshop

If you are an artist who

  • creates two or three dimensional art
  • presents  your work in photographs (web site, gallery, juried exhibitions, portfolio, catalog,  etc)
  • wants to improve your skills to create images with correct exposure, color, background, focus and impact that are commensurate with the quality of the art
  • wants to better understand the functions built into your camera that will help you show your work at its best…

Then Photography 101 for Artists taught by experienced local photographer and presenter Cal Rice is for you!

You will need a camera (best with an SLR camera with manual exposure settings and manual white balance settings), the owner’s manual, and if possible, a piece of your art that may be photographed as a demo in class.  You will receive a gray card to assist in getting correct color and exposure, notes covering most of the topics covered in class, and if your art is used in a photography demonstration, you may receive the resulting image.

Photography 101 for Artists workshop will be held at the Headwaters School for Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave., in Bemidji on Saturday October 29th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There is a limit of 16 participants so register now!

To register, send a check in the amount of $25.00 made payable to the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts (HSMA), at P.O. Box 542, Bemidji, MN 56619-0542. The registration deadline is Thursday, October 20, 2011.  Please note that there will be no refunds unless the workshop is cancelled.

Please call the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts at 218-444-5606 with any questions.

Come Learn Applique Technique from Marilyn Lee, Local Fabric Artist

Come learn from fabric artist Marilyn Lee, 2010 Minnesota State Fair Champion winner for her “Pieces of History Obama” quilt as well as the recent people’s choice first place winner at the Bemidji Quilter’s Exhibition. Using a sewing machine, Lee will teach the steps involved in the appliqué technique and teach special sewing and finishing techniques.  Participants will create appliquéd pieces of art featuring northern Minnesota icons, Paul and Babe.

Participants can make a Paul Bunyan and Babe 22″ x 28″ wall hanging or an 18″ x 18″ pillow. Classes will meet for three days, October 13, 20, and 27 from 6-8 p.m. at the Debs Community Center located on County Road #5. The cost is $30.00.

To register, send a check in the amount of $30.00 made payable to the Region 2 Arts Council, at 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601. The registration deadline is Thursday, October 6, 2011. Please note that there will be no refunds unless the workshops are canceled. For more information call Region 2 Arts Council at 218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447 or email us at staff@r2arts.org.

For Visual Artists: R2AC Offers a Professional Development Opportunity!

Artists both experienced and new to presenting their work to be juried will benefit from Juried Works.  Kathleen Richert from Springboard for the Arts, accomplished artist and seasoned workshop facilitator, will take participants through the art of readying, refining, and in some cases revamping their promotional presentation.

What:            Juried Works: a FREE workshop for visual artists
When:           5:30 – 8:00 p.m.  Tuesday, October 25th 2011
Where:
         Coldwell Banker Real Estate conference room, 101 South Main, Park Rapids, MN

Advance Registration is required!
RSVP to the Region 2 Arts Council Office before October 18th by emailing staff@r2arts.org  or by calling (218) 751-5447 or (800) 275-5447.

R2AC is pleased to invite any visual artists residing in Hubbard, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, Beltrami, and Clearwater counties to attend this free Juried Works workshop.