Northern Arts News
January 2020
Velkommen , rosemaling plaque by Marti Lundin, a 2018 recipient of the Individual Artist Grant, awarded by Region 2 Arts Council with funding from the McKnight Foundation. Oil paint on wood; 10" x 7"

Maximum Award: $2,000

The R2AC Individual Artist Grant Program provides financial assistance to artists in any arts discipline or in any stage of their career as an artist.
Applicant must be a resident of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties. Deadline: January 15, 2020 See following newsletter for more details.

We are still looking for Board Members from Mahnomen and Hubbard counties. Visit us or go to our site for more information.

Monday January 13
Business Meeting and Arts Project Grant Review.
(Grant review starts at approx. 6:30 p.m.)

Chair:  Laura Grisamore - Hubbard County
Vice Chair:  Rebecca Colebank - Clearwater County
Treasurer:  Shannon Lucas-Westrum - Beltrami County
Secretary:  Deb Carlson - Lake of the Woods County

 Board Members:
Pam Janssen - Clearwater County
Gayle Gish - Mahnomen County
Michael Schlemper - Beltrami County
CT Marhula - Lake of the Woods County
vacant - Mahnomen County
vacant - Hubbard County

Region 2 Arts Council Office
Inside the Watermark Art Center
505 Bemidji Ave N
Bemidji, MN

Chi Miigwech, Mary Guardipee!

R2AC’s Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Council, Board, and Staff extend our gratitude to outgoing Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Council member Mary Guardipee for her eight years of service on the Council. An artist herself, Mary has been a consistent voice for artists, bringing her insight into the artistic process to all grant evaluations. Miigwech, Mary! We wish you all the best in your creative endeavors.

The AAI Advisory Council (Anishinaabe Arts Initiative) is comprised of Native American artists and arts appreciators from the regions served by the AAI grant.
Next AAI Council meeting: April 1, 2020

Council Members
Delana Smith …. Red Lake
Genny Lowry…. Bemidji
Bernice Mitchell-Diver …. Cass Lake
Debra Warren …. Bemidji
Mary Ringhand … Ponemah
David B. White … Ponemah
Larry Vanwert … Redby
Kent Estey...Naytahwaush
Paula Littlewolf...Mahnomen

Orion Dagen-Goodsky wearing traditional Ho-Chunk dress
Designer: Delina White of – Photographer: Bobby Rogers of
Featuring the stunning artistry of our 2019 AAI Artist Fellow, and one of six Star Tribune’s artists of the year: an evening celebrating the beauty, elegance, and inspiration Delina White of IamAnishinaabe fashion and jewelry designs :

January 17, 2020

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Join us! Free and open to the public.

Northwest Indian Community Development Center
1819 Bemidji Ave. N

The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Exhibit is still on display, and features traditional and contemporary artwork by regional indigenous artists who either serve on the Region 2 Anishinaabe advisory council, or have received or been part of, a Region 2 Arts Council grant award. The exhibit runs through January 16, 2020 and is available to view M-F, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The exhibit runs through January 16
Region 2 Arts Council Office
Inside the Watermark Art Center
505 Bemidji Ave N
Bemidji, MN

The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative program is supported with funding from the McKnight Foundation to promote indigenous arts and artists in our region.
Region 2 Arts Council serves artists and communities in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties.
Grants for Individuals

Deadline: January 15, 2020
Maximum Award: $2,000

The R2AC Individual Artist Grant Program, made available with funding from the McKnight Foundation, provides financial assistance to artists in any arts discipline or in any stage of their career as an artist. This grant offers funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities. Artists can apply for grants up to $2,000.
Applicant must be a resident of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties.

Deadline: February 15, 2020
Maximum Award: $600

The Young Artist Grant program is for 8th-12th grade students who have a strong interest in the arts and reside in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties. Students who are singers, musicians, writers, media artists, performers, visual artists and craftspeople are welcome to apply! Grant recipients are reimbursed up to $600 for work with a mentor artist/instructor or for costs associated with attending an arts camp/class/workshop in the state of Minnesota.
Applicant must be a resident of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties.

Grants for Organizations

 Deadline: February 15, 2020
Funding Range: $2,000 - $7,000 for two consecutive years

Arts organizations that are physically located and have a legal address in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen County, have arts programming at the center of their mission, and have been providing arts programming to our Region 2 Arts Council communities for a minimum of two full years should consider applying for this operating support grant.

Award amounts are based on an applicant organization’s averaged expenses for the two completed fiscal years previous to the application deadline. Please note, the funding amounts and levels have changed this year. Follow the link for more information on the Community Arts Support grant.

Community Arts Support (CAS) Grants are made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF). The CAS grant program is also funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

January 6, 2020
9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Drop in to our office to ask questions about the grants, or use our computers to submit your application. We are here to help.

Inside the Watermark Art Center
505 Bemidji Ave N
Bemidji, Minnesota

Region 2 Staff is also available to answer questions or offer assistance by phone - 218-751-5447; toll-free at 800-275-5447; or email

Grant applications are available online approximately one month before the deadline date. Keep in mind that there are many pieces of the grant you can begin to work on before the grant application is available. Call or visit us with any questions, concerns, or support needs.

On November 18, 2019, the Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors granted $24,000 in Arts and Cultural Heritage funds to the schools and non-profit organizations listed below. These grants support high-quality arts education that develops knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts for the benefit of Minnesotans of all ages across our five-county region.

Lake of the Woods High School in Baudette was awarded $4,701 to fund an arts field trip for students to attend a Broadway touring production of "Frozen" at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis.

Headwaters Music & Arts in Bemidji was awarded $1,316 to hire BSU Adjunct Professor and artist Alice Blessing to teach a series of arts workshops for adults, including accommodations for adults with disabilities.

Northern Light Opera Company in Park Rapids was awarded $6,000 to offer NLOKids, a three-week Theater Camp that brings together children from the communities of Pine Point and Park Rapids to produce a theater project for public performance.

Mask & Rose Women’s Theater Collective in Puposky was awarded $2,487 to offer an ecology-themed visual arts/theater camp for youth culminating with a public performance of the musical "To Save the Planet.” 

Lake of the Woods Art Guild of Baudette was awarded $3,686 to offset student tuition for a five-day “Portraits in Acrylic” workshop with BSU Adjunct Professor and artist Alice Blessing.

Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids was awarded $5,810 to deliver a series of art workshops for area youth, each led by a different guest artist, to explore a variety of techniques and mediums.  

Region 2 Arts Council is open Monday through Friday,
from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Contact us or stop by anytime to set up an individual appointment.

This Month: January 3 and 10

Wild Hare Bistro & Coffeehouse will present Love, Minnesota , new works by Bemidji artist Malisa VanMaasdam. 1950’s inspired postcards featuring Minnesota outdoor activities, Reception Second Friday, January 10, 3 - 5 pm

Dunn Brothers displays the work of Mike Thole, author and illustrator of two children’s books, and illustrated the book Binesi-Dibaajimowinan: Ojibwe Bird Stories.

Watermark Art Cen ter will host an opening reception for Blair Treuer and her textile exhibit, “Portraits” from 5 to 7 pm. on January 10 (second Friday). Treuer will give an artist talk at 6 pm.

Gallery North will host Showcase Artist Faith Clover's botanical illustration and watercolor. Featured artist John Winter. Reception January 3, from 2 -6 pm.

Neilson Place presents a photography display, Clicking Cousins by Lily Hadrava and Andrea Martin. Reception January 3, 1:30-3 pm,

Still Life Painting

Learn various techniques while painting a still life. Taught by Charles Alberti. All materials will be provided although participants can bring anything they want to use. Students will not duplicate exactly what is shown, so that it that their creations will be unique.

January 7
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Art Gallery Painting

Learn various painting techniques while creating a painting.Taught by Charles Alberti. All materials will be provided although participants can bring anything they want to use. Please sign up at Gallery North, must be at least 10 years old.

January 10
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Faux Stained Glass/Mosaic Painting & Drawing

Learn various painting and drawing techniques while creating a faux stained glass effect painting.Taught by Charles Alberti. All materials will be provided although participants can bring anything they want to use. Please sign up at Gallery North, must be at least 10 years old.

January 14
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Creative Cafe

Gallery North  artists will take you on a hands-on adventure into the arts. Come sip, nibble goodies, connect, make art, and enjoy creating Scandinavian wood shaving hearts and “Magic” mini-bottle necklaces

January 14
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Pointillism Techniques Class

This is a class in drawing and painting using pointillism techniques. Instructor is Charles Alberti. Must be at least 10 years old.
Each participant will produce four heart-shaped paintings.

January 23
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

All You Need is Love
Painting Hearts Class

Instructor is Charles Alberti. Must be at least 10 years old.
Each participant will produce four heart-shaped paintings.

January 27
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

310 4th St NW

Maddy by Blair Treuer, 2019, Fabric and Thread, 6' x 4'3"

Region 2 Arts Council Individual Artist Grant recipient Blair Caspers Treuer has an exhibition of her textile art in the Kaul Gallery.
Opening Reception
January 10
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Artist Demonstration
January 11
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

January 11
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Use your imagination to build a winter city and add architectural elements made from cut paper, paint, oil pastel, & Sharpie markers.

January 25
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Adults & families, build your own snowy wintry houses. Drop in by 2:30. Various house styles and acrylic paint colors will be available.

Watermark Art Center
505 Bemidji Ave N
Bemidji, MN 
Contra Dance!

No experience necessary. All instructions will be presented.

January 11
7:00 pm

Rail River Folk School
303 Railroad St SW
Bemidji, MN


Chris Ingraham
Author of If You Lived Here You Would be Home by Now! Why We Traded the Communting Life for a Little House on the Prairie.

Washington Post columnist and author Chris Ingraham will visit the Bemidji Public Library to talk about his book.

January 11
3:00 p.m.

Bemidji Public Library
509 America Ave NW
Bemidji, Minnesota

Open Mic Coffee House

Featured Performers: Lost River Band
Held on the first Friday of most months, the CoffeeHouse offers a supportive and family-friendly open-mic opportunity for musicians and spoken-word performers. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to sign up for a 10 to 15 minute set. Sign-ups begin at 6:30 p.m.

January 3
7:00 p.m.

Explore the world of pottery with a child in your life! End your week with fun and relaxation with this 6 session course taught by Tom Daly.
Grades 1st -5th and an adult guardian. Supplies, instruction and light supper meal provided.

January 10 – February 14
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

January 13
7:00 pm

An informal get-together for current volunteers as well as for those who would like to learn more about ways to get involved at Headwaters. From board membership and events to greeter or chaperone, you are wanted and needed.

This program gives area adults access to a well-equipped pottery studio. The Pottery Studio includes wedging and worktables, tools, assorted glazes, five pottery wheels and kiln firing access.
Open Pottery is for potters who have gone through Headwaters' pottery room orientation. Please see requirements for Open Pottery for more information . Register Online.

Art Clubs for kids also begin in January!

Headwaters Music & Arts
519 Minnesota Ave. NW
Bemidji, MN
Sub-Section One Act Play
Park Rapids Area High School will host the Minnesota State High School League Sub-Section 24A One Act Play Competition. Admission is free. Each one-act play will be critiqued by a panel of judges. Troupes that take first or second place at the sub-section level advance on to the Section 6A contest in Hawley on February 1.

January 25
All day

Park Rapids Area High School
401 Huntsinger Ave
Park Rapids, Minnesota

Saami Bracelet Making
Each participant will create a bracelet following the Sami tradition of sewing the spun tin thread on Reindeer leather. The bracelets are a weave of “Tenntråd,” a pewter and silver thread made in Sweden, as well as Reindeer leather and Reindeer antler buttons from the Arctic Laplands. All materials used in the class are imported directly from Sweden.

January 25
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Bagley Elementary School, Door #11
Community Education wing
202 Bagley Ave NW

Pottery Classes
Hand building at its best. The focus of this class is creating unique things with hand-building and slab-rolling. From bowls to vases to created creatures. Instructed by LeAnne Walkberg. Please note this class begins in February.

February 3, 10, 17, 24
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Clearwaters Life Center
226 Elm St

McKnight Fellowship for Book Artists

Minnesota Center for Book Arts is pleased to announce the McKnight Fellowships for Book Artists.

Applications due March 1

Jerome Foundation

Grants and Fellowship opportunities for Minnesota artists. Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship applications are due:

February 4, 2020

Minnesota State Arts Board Grants

Minnesota State Arts Board is pleased to announce the Arts Learning Grant, which offers funding for projects that help lifelong learners acquire knowledge and understanding of and skills in the arts.

Applications due February 7

Online Info Session

January 9
3:00 p.m.

Rochester Arts Center seeks Executive Director

The Executive Director is responsible for the Rochester Art Center’s overall management, its physical and financial resources, its personnel, and its future growth with special focus on program development and fundraising.

Franconia Sculpture Park

​ Artist opportunities abound at Franconia Sculpture Park in the St. Croix river area of Minnesota. There is a Fellowship Artist Residency and an Intern Artist Residency available. Applications are due:

January 15, 2020

The Bemidji Sculpture Walk committee will select 12 new submissions, based on their conceptual strength, originality, and workmanship. These will be presented for one year in locations throughout Bemidji. Selected artists will receive a $500 dollar honorarium. Artists may submit up to three separate works. Each work must be submitted individually to help us stay organized. There is no cost for submission.

The 2020 Sculpture Stroll Call for Art

Deadline January 31

Hektoen International Writing Contest

Hektoen International invites you to send an essay of under 1600 words on the subject of Blood. The contest honors the achievements of the Red Cross, locally, nationally, and globally. Two prizes will be awarded: $3000 for the winner and $800 for the runner up. The deadline is January 15, 2020 .

North-East Minneapolis Teaching Artist Roster

Calling all artists that teach or want to teach in The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District (NE-AD). Please share your contact info with us. The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District is excited to embark upon a new project of creating a printed and digital art class catalog of classes offered in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District..

Call for Art: Juried Figure Show

Minnetonka Center for the Arts calls for figure art. Artists working in fine art and fine craft media are encouraged to submit up to twelve pieces of original artwork depicting or inspired by the human figure.

Entries Due
February 5

Send submissions for our February newsletter by January 18 to: