Study with award-winning local artist Duane Goodwin in these two in-depth workshops

duanesculptureBirch Bark and Spruce Root Basket-Making
June 5-7 and 10-14
9 am to noon
at Duane’s home studio
Learn to gather birch bark without harming the tree, how to make traditional tools and create a basket using only natural fibers.

Advanced Stone Sculpture
July 1-4, 8-12, 15-19, 9 am – noon, at Duane’s home studio
In this extensive two-week course students will research a subject, create drawings and a model for a sculpture from that subject, learn about geology and choosing rock and advanced carving techniques. Students would have the opportunity to increase the scale, moving from a 5lb. rock to a 25-50lb. rock. Introduction to hand chisels and pneumatic tools and larger electric  grinders. Must have previous experience carving wood and/or stone. 

These workshops are funded by a grant from the First People’s Fund. Students will only need to cover the cost of their travel and supplies. Contact Duane “Dewey” Goodwin if you are interested at or 218-444-0247 for an interview. Only six participants are accepted for each workshop, so contact Dewey for an interview today!

3 Arts Workshops in the Month of April Sign up Now!

April 11&19    Slam Rools and Skool

This Slam Poetry Workshop is a 2 time course held at the Rail River Folk School in Bemidji. Thursday April 11th from 6-9 p.m. covers the rules of a slam competition and tools and tips needed to write an effective slam poem. Participants will write a poem or two. Friday April 19th from 6-9p.m. is a slam contest to be held between the students from the first class. Questions, Comments or to Sign up contact: Julia Oxenreider. Cell: 808-446-2584

Email: . Region 2 Arts Council can answer questions as well! Course cost: $10 includes both sessions!

April 12-13     Intro to Contact Improv Dance Neige Christenson

Join this innovative Boston-area instructor and explore gravity, momentum, flow, improvisational movement and communication with others through dance. This workshop focuses on movement: individuals both experienced and inexperienced in dance are encouraged to participate! All body types welcome! Friday from 7p.m.-9p.m. and Saturday from the Elks Lodge at 116 4th Street in Bemidji. Workshop fee: $65.00 Register TODAY with Region 2 Arts Council. Registration closes April 12.  218 751-5447 or Make checks payable to Region 2 Arts Council. Send in or drop off at 426 Bemidji Ave. N, Bemidji, 56601.

April 13, 20, 27 and May 4, 11     Painting to Understanding – Translating Ideas Into Paint 

Local painter Paula J. Swenson will take participants through the creative process from conception to implementation and from completion of a painting to its exhibition. Participants will learn the practices of painting and self-expression and how to find new ways to problem solve and stretch their imaginations. The workshop will culminate in a May exhibit of participants’ work at the Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse in Bemidji, MN.

Participants will meet with Paula on Saturdays, at River of Time Studio on 1017 N. Plantagenet Road SE in Bemidji, MN. Session 1 will be from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. All other sessions run until 2:00 p.m. A schedule to hang art for the participants’ May exhibition at the Wild Hare will be determined during the workshop.

Registration deadline: April 8th. Send a check for $50.00 made payable to the Region 2 Arts Council, at 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601. no refunds unless the workshops are cancelled. For more information call Region 2 Arts Council at 218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447.

April Arts Board Grant Program Information Session

msab_logo_color_smallR2AC Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Council Member and Bush Fellow Delina White joins the Minnesota State Arts Board to present this series of MSAB grant program information sessions in our area:

Leech Lake Tribal College – Wednesday, April 3
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Benny Tonce Drum Room

Bemidji Public Library– Wednesday, April 3
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Bemidji Public Library
Meeting room

Mille Lacs Indian Museum – Thursday, April 4
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

WHY: The Minnesota State Arts Board has announced grant deadlines that will occur this spring and summer. Anyone who would like to learn about upcoming grant opportunities is invited to attend a free session presented by Arts Board staff members and Delina White, resource developer for the Bug O Nay Ge Shig Tribal School.

MORE INFORMATION: In the first 60 minutes of the information sessions, Arts Board grant programs will be reviewed. In the second 60 minutes, Arts Board staff will answer questions from the audience, and be available for one-on-one conversations. The sessions are free of charge.

The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency dedicated to ensuring that all Minnesotans have the opportunity to participate in the arts.  Funds for Minnesota State Arts Board programs are provided through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature, with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Painting Nature Workshop with Scott Fadness

Region 2 Arts Council Sponsors Northern Artist Association Workshop, Painting Nature with Scott Fadness

Participants will learn how to compose a 16” x 20” acrylic painting including lessons in composition, layout, preliminary chalk drawing of the subject and acrylic painting techniques with local artist Scott Fadness. The workshop will be held December 5th and 6th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Beltrami Electric Community Room on 411 Technology Drive NW in Bemidji, MN. There will be breaks throughout the day and a one-hour lunch break. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch or drive into town to buy their lunch.

The registration deadline is Friday November 30th, 2012. To register, drop off or send a check in the amount of $50.00, made payable to the Region 2 Arts Council, to 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601. Gallery North located at 502 3rd St. in Bemidji will accept checks as well. Please note that there will be no refunds unless the workshop is cancelled. For more information call Region 2 Arts Council at 218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447 or Gallery North at 218-444-9813.

More Arts Workshops!

We have arts workshop funds set aside that we’d love to share!

October has been a truly inspiring month for art in Region 2. Now’s the time to apply for No Risk Workshop funds through Region 2 Arts Council so you can share your arts discipline with others.

As the workshop presenter,  these funds can help your workshop rates be affordable to participants and ensure you get paid what your time and talent is worth!  You can also fill out a No-Risk workshop application to bring an artist to our region.  The focus of the arts workshop must be on adult learning and must be open to the public.

The application process is on-going & painless.  Click here for an application.  We want more arts workshops in Region 2!

Fall 2012 Writers’ Retreat: Healing the Psyche through Writing

Sign up today for a Fall Writer’s Retreat with Dr. Carol Ann Russell, poet and professor, and Reverend Eric Hucke.

This retreat will be held Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 9:00am-4:00pm at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW, Bemidji, MN. Cost is $60.  Please call HSMA at 218-444-5606 to register.


As writers, teachers, artists, and thinkers, we can evoke eternal patterns, “archetypes”, whose ancient stories and dramatic roles help to open new territories for our imagination which, formerly, may have been unconscious to us.

Writing exercises will be given which will stimulate the connection between conscious memory and the transcendent, which can assist in “making whole” (i.e., healing) areas of the psyche from which creative power comes.

The Retreat offers a quiet space to which you may withdraw for rejuvenation and inspiration. Innovative and creative opportunities for writers will comprise most of the retreat, along with chances to share ideas and insights.

This activity is funded, in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council “No-Risk” workshop grant.

“No-Risk” Arts Workshop Funding Available

Are you a Minnesota artist living in the five counties of Region 2 with a talent to share? Are you a Minnesota arts appreciator wanting to bring some new talent to our region in the form of an arts workshop?

R2AC invites individuals and organizations from our five county area (Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen Counties) to propose workshop ideas to R2AC for direct funding. Please download a FY13WorkshopRequest form from our website or contact our office at or  751-5447/ 800 275-5447.  We are happy to help!

Workshop applications are accepted and funding is granted on a rolling basis.  There is currently funding available!  Get your applications in today!