Every session was recorded and can be viewed on the
Region 2 Arts Council YouTube Channel.
Each segment offered a close-and-personal visit with artists who share about their work, their artistic process, current projects and, on occasion, offered a virtual tour of their studio and short demos of their work.
meet and connect with FEATURED Artists:
Kelly Schultz is the owner, designer and milliner for Angeline Alice Millinery. Founded in 2011, Angeline Alice Millinery is named after her
two grandmothers who lived in an era where women wore hats everywhere. She is originally from St. Paul, Minnesota but has called Bemidji home since 2004.
Kelly’s passion is making fascinators, hats and hair accessories, but she also does dress alterations along with costume/clothing design. Kelly’s
millinery creations were inspired by the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011. Since then, Kelly has made hundreds of unique fascinators and hats. Some of her favorite embellishments and textiles to use are feathers from birds native to Minnesota, ribbon, buttons, brooches, crystal beads, rhinestones, silk, satin, wool, and brocade. Every item she makes is unique and you will never find another one exactly like it.
Besides fashion, Kelly’s other obsession is sports, which she makes her full-time living. Kelly has been the radio play-by-play announcer for Bemidji State University women’s DI college hockey on the Beaver Radio Network since 2007 and a deejay on Babe Country WBJI 98.3 FM in Bemidji.
Connect with Kelly:
On Instagram: @angelinealicemillinery
On Facebook: Angeline Alice Millinery
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/angelinealice
Shannon Lucas-Westrum is a maker of many sorts, currently focused on basket weaving and fiber arts. She serves as board member to the Region 2 Arts Council, is a previous Artist Fellow and Individual Artist Grant recipient. Shannon will be starting a new weekly fiber art series “All in a Day’s Work” that will be shared online every Wednesday, December through March.
In her words, “It took me many years to learn that for me, being a MAKER, someone who makes things with their hands, is not a hobby, and it is not an occupation. It is my way of living. As long as I can remember, I have had a need to make things.
My love of texture and fibers started around the time I convinced our elderly babysitter to teach me to crochet. Since then, I have studied beading, painting, drawing, warm and cold glass work, metallurgy, collage, jewelry making, and many fiber arts. I am now on a journey exploring the traditional materials and techniques of basket making as they apply to modern applications.
In respecting and learning the traditions of basket makers before me, I am celebrating a centuries old craft. While using their techniques to create modern interpretations, I am perpetuating basket making and basketry for the future.
Often designed around the antler of a white-tailed deer, or driftwood from one of Minnesota’s many lakes, my work is ever changing as I learn to highlight the strength and the curves of my subjects. I am creating an almost seamless flow from nature to man made. I love pieces that showcase the individual tines, or points, to each antler or the knots and curves in a branch. The key to any piece is to let it tell you the shape it wants to take -and then to know when to finish! As the artist I must trust the basket to show me the way.
Connect with Shannon:
Joseph (Joe) Holt is a Singer / Songwriter from Park Rapids MN, he has been residing in Bemidji, with his wife Sarah, for the past fifteen years. Joe is an independent staff writer with Merf Music on Music Row Nashville, though he has never been to Nashville. He is also a studio singer doing demo work for other writers across the country, though he has never met any of them either. The new online world is a strange place. He is also the front man for the regional Americana band Acoustic Smoke, with whom he has recorded three albums and toured extensively across Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin as a band on the roster of the Carlson Talent Agency, out of Grand Rapids MN. Joe writes and records out of his home studio in Bemidji, it’s small, but equipped with some very high end gear so he can produce recordings that are competitive on the Nashville song market. Artistically his writing influences are storytelling artists like Mark Knopfler and Harry Chapin, though he is slowly moving to more universal song lyrics as they simply have a wider commercial audience. Yet, Storytelling will always be his deepest love.
Connect with Joe:
Email (preferred method): firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone (text is best): 218-556-6753
Joseph Holt’s music with Acoustic Smoke can be streamed on Spotify
Acoustic Smoke’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/acousticsmokemusic
Holt’s personal Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/joseph.holt.507/
Holt’s solo and as yet unpublished work, can be found on his Soundcloud page: Joseph S. Holt
Vicki Morrison Goble is a singer/songwriter with a mission to prove aging does not prevent creativity. In her words Vicki states: “For my “third act”, I’m getting deeper into music than I have in the past. I’ve always had a strong interest in music. I taught myself to play piano, accordion, and guitar during my undergraduate years, and I majored in vocal music in college. Over the years I’ve participated in musical activities at varying levels–from a lot to not much and back to a lot. Kind of a reverse bell curve?? I have realized advancing age does not stifle creativity, so I am now on a mission to prove aging does not prevent creativity normally thought of as belonging exclusively to young people, and that the period of retirement is a perfect opportunity to try new things and/or realize lifelong dreams. On a personal level, I hope the songs I write convey positive and uplifting themes. My goal is to promote optimism for the future and encourage personal character development.”
Connect with Vicki:
YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/channel/UCIzVj70QUl8fOUj2su8Lluw
Vicki’s albums are for sale here: https://vmgoble.bandcamp.com
NOTE: You can search her full name “Vicki Morrison Goble” on any streaming service to hear more music by Vicki
Doyle Turner (White Earth Band of Ojibwe) is a singer/songwriter, writer, and teacher who lives in Bemidji, MN. He learned to love music by listening to his father play guitar and by listening to AM radio and 8 track tapes. Doyle has found a voice that’s gotten stronger through the years, and he’s realized that he’s beholding more to effort, listening close, and grace. Doyle recently placed second in the Bemidji Sings! 2020 vocal competition. He is a member of the Minnesota Association of Songwriters. In 2007, he was selected as the featured writer for the University of Arkansas Native Writer’s Chapbook series. Doyle is completing his 30th year in education this year. He has taught English, social studies, and special education in Bemidji Area Schools since 1994.
The music that’s influenced Doyle’s songwriting has been varied, and continues to grow day by day. He’s indebted to: Steve Seskin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Guy Clark, Lori McKenna, Doc Watson, Tim O’Brien, and John Prine, but has been steeped in the sounds of Johnny Cash, Merle Hagard, and Kris Kristofferson for most of his life. Doyle has just released his first solo album, a new EP entitled, “Until the Good Comes Back Around.”
Connect with Doyle:
Facebook: Doyle Turner Music
Phone: (218) 766-8522
To purchase a digital copy of Doyle’s EP “Until the Good Comes Back Around,” you can order from doyleturner.com or you can download at any of the links below
Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/…/until-the-good…/1519455656
Doyle’s EP is also available on Amazon
Waabishkii Animikii, Katie Lou Sandberg is an Anishinaabe [White Earth 1st-Generation] Contemporary Visual Artist living in Detroit Lakes, MN. Sandberg’s primary mediums of choice are oil and acrylic paints, and would describe her style as contemporary and impressionistic. Sandberg is an Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Grant recipient, is a recent graduate from White Earth Tribal and Community College, and is now pursuing two BFA degrees in Art Education and in Studio Art, focusing on Painting and Art Therapy. She currently serves as a Lead Art Coordinator for Anji’bide – Changing Our Paths, a project through the University of Minnesota – Duluth Campus Medical School. Her inspiration for becoming an artist comes from her mother Peggy, as well as her own complicated health history, which includes several life-saving surgeries, 3 open heart surgeries, and 5 lung procedures.
For Katie Lou, art has always been her best form of therapy and first source of stress relief. One could say art has saved her life in more ways than one. Katie wants to share her knowledge and help others through her art. She is an advocate for supporting local art, keeping art in schools, she embraces her Anishinaabe heritage, and also advocates for artists living with disabilities.
Connect with Katie Lou:
Virtual Art Show link (runs through December 31, 2020): Anji’bide – Changing Our Paths
Gillian Bedford is a Bemidji-based Fine Artist painter. Of her work she states, “I have painted all of my life but have never felt so excited to paint the landscape of Minnesota as now. I moved from Philadelphia to Bemidji a little over a year ago and have fallen in love with the bogs, trees, lakes and countryside. I love painting plein air, or painting outside, and paint with a group or by myself. In the winter I use photos my husband or I have taken of the beauty around us and paint in my studio. I also plan to start a figure drawing group that draws in my studio once or twice a week during the winter.” Gillian is also an Individual Artist Grant recipient. Interested in joining Gillian for some painting opportunities? Be sure to reach out to her!
Connect with Gillian:
Phone: 215 292 8521
Facebook: Gillian Bedford Paintings
OCTOBER 14, 2020
Erin Lynn Marsh is a poet, teacher and current R2AC Artist Fellow, living in Bemidji, MN. She is the author of the poetry collection Disability Isn’t Sexy (Jules’ Poetry Playhouse Publications, 2019), which was a finalist in the NM/AZ Book Awards. Marsh’s goal is to create for her readers a moment in a body that is often considered “other” by our society. As such, her poems are often bold, honest, and specific.Of her work, she shares that she has recently started writing poems that contain elements of magical realism, explaining that by suspending both her own and her readers’ disbelief, she can communicate truths that can seem at odds with perceived reality. Marsh is available to be booked as a feature poet for your event, or to teach poetry workshops.
Marsh’s poems have appeared in Post Road Magazine, Sugar House Review, Paper Darts, Emrys Journal, wordgathering.com, and the anthology Hers: Poets Speak (while we still can), Vol. 2 (Beatlick Press and Jules’ Poetry Playhouse Publications, 2017), edited by Jules Nyquist.
Dr. Carol Ann Russell is the author of four books of poetry, including The Red Envelope (Florida 1985), Feast (1993), Silver Dollar (New Mexico 1995), and Gypsy Taxi (Nebraska 2005), and three Chapbooks. She was chosen to receive the 1999 Distinguished Alumni Award by St. Cloud State University, and taught creative writing at Bemidji State University, from 1988-2020, where she retired as Professor of English, Emerita. Russell describes herself as a lyrical, autobiographical and spiritual poet. Her subjects are ordinary people and places. Her work has achieved regional acceptance and recognition from Academy of American Poets, PEN International, American Academy in Rome. Russell was awarded the R2AC Artist Fellowship in 2018-2019. She was accepted to the San Miguel Poetry Week in 2019 where she studied with Carol Frost, Pedro Serrano, Luis Urrea Alberto, and James Fenton.
In addition to being a published poet and workshop leader, Carol Ann Russell is a certified Archetypal Pattern Analyst. She continues to offer poetry workshops, journal writing classes, and creative retreats which explore links between the imaginal and the spiritual sources of poetry.
September 9, 2020
Duane “Dewey” Goodwin (White Earth Band of Ojibwe) is a sculpture artist residing in Beltrami County and is a current Region 2 Arts Council Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Fellow. Goodwin has a long history as artist and arts educator that includes carving, painting and beadwork. His art is a reflective vision of who he is, inspired by his Anishinaabe heritage. His approach to carving is a basic method taught to him by renown sculptor, Allan Houser, during his studies at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Goodwin’s sculptures reflect his connection and passion for the animals, birds and Native American images inspired by his own heritage. His artistic approach begins at times with a dream that greatly influences and shapes his work. Goodwin’s work was recently commissioned by the Sioux Plains Indian Museum in Rapid City, South Dakota for a solo-artist exhibit and is currently available for view and purchase at his local studio in Bemidji MN.
Connect with Duane:
Simon Zornes (White Earth Band of Ojibwe) has been creating sculpture with asin (stone) and mitig (wood) for over a decade. His journey with asinoog (Stone grandfathers/grandmothers) began when his dear friend, Time Stone, and he started finding and playing with unique rock from the moraine region of the Mississippi Headwaters and White Earth Reservation. He has found that each stone holds many stories that access him as their storyteller. One includes the geological saga of its creation and composition over eons. The others evolve from images invoked from within him as a result of the interaction between the stone’s unusual characteristics and the narrative it shares with him. In addition to sculpting, Zornes is a dedicated wild foods harvester – harvesting manoomin (wild rice), gathering and making ziinzibakwad (maple sugar), and growing minomiijim (good food) – all available for purchase.
Connect with Simon:
Facebook Page: Art from nature
Wild Foods Facebook Page: Hand Harvest Foods Dudes
Kick off Event held August 26, 2020
Paul Albright lives in Akeley MN and is the originator of Albright Sculptures. He creates unique and original wooden sculptures. Fractals and dualism seem to be a reoccurring theme in his work. What inspires his work is the desire to evoke an emotional reaction in the viewer – even if it is not the one you are expecting. And to give people hope. You can visit his facebook page to see some of his amazing sculptures.
Connect with Paul:
Phone 218 252 1987
Facebook page: Albright Sculptures
Terry Honstead is a self taught artist working mostly in mixed media, doing both 2D and 3D work. You can see some of her work displayed at Sanford Clinic in Bemidji, MN. and she typically does the studio cruise (which has been cancelled this year) and a Christmas Tour with other artists on Gull Lake in her area. You can visit her website to catch a glimpse of her amazing artwork.
Connect with Terry:
Monika Lawrence grew up in Eastern Germany, and started photography in the mid-nineties. In 2007, she moved to Bemidji, MN, where she lives with her husband Mark. She teaches photography and photojournalism as a Senior Adjunct at Bemidji State University and freelances as a photographer for Minnesota Public Radio News. Her special focus in photography is on people in their environment as well as people’s impact on the environment. You can visit her website to view the stunning photography she offers or catch her on instagram @monikalawrencephoto
Connect with Monika:
Mary Therese’s inspiration of her artwork comes from nature’s beauty. Working as a surface designer in her studio on Fern Lake near the small town of Bemidji, she paints with dyes on silk, nylon and cotton fabrics. Playfully, she draws with wax resists (batik) and thickened dyes, sometimes printing with natural objects and carved linoleum blocks to add layers of textures and imagery.Mary Therese’s work is seen throughout Bemidji and surrounding areas in her large murals and installations. It was after the completion of a mural for a private residence that her artistic endeavors shifted into fabric art. Visit her website to see her amazing artwork and to learn more. You can also find her on Facebook and Instagram @marythereseart AND beginning in September 2020 her work will also be available via Etsy.
Connect with Mary Therese:
Chuck Weygand is a lifelong resident of Minnesota. He grew up near Brainerd, and after living 30+ years near the Twin Cities, escaped back to the rural life in Northern Minnesota. Chuck lives near Akeley in Hubbard County and has been a woodworker for many years. After retiring in 2007, he discovered a passion and natural talent for turning and creating wooden bowls. His artistic philosophy is that “The Wood will tell me what it wants to be.” You can learn more about his work and see samples of his amazing wood working creations during our upcoming ReZume Arts event.
Connect with Chuck:
Etsy shop: etsy.com/shop/rockyshoresbowls