Northern Arts News
November 2019
Image: A Kinship Kid poses for a photo a few days after the sculpture titled AntVenture was installed. Sculpture made by Al Belleveau.

The City of Park Rapids Arts & Culture Commission received a Region 2 Arts Council Arts Access Grant in the spring of 2018 to initiate a sculpture trail at Red Bridge. Five concrete pads and six sculptures were installed.

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Region 2 Arts Council
Board of Directors News

The Region 2 Arts Council operates in the spirit of the open meeting law. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend these sessions. For remote access to our board meetings and review sessions please contact us for details.

November 18, 2019
4:30 p.m. Business Meeting
6:00 p.m. Arts Learning Grant Application Review
Watermark Art Center
Education Room

Board members are still needed to represent Mahnomen and Hubbard counties!

Interested in serving the arts in your community?

Contact Executive Director, Laura Seter:

R2AC Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Council News

The AAI Advisory Council is comprised of Native American artists and arts appreciators from the regions served by the AAI grant.

December 4, 2019
4:30 p.m. Business Meeting
6:00 p.m. Anishinaabe Arts Initiative
Grant Application Review
Watermark Art Center
Education Room

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

New this grant season!
AAI Council Members will review Cultural Traditions in the Arts grant applications in addition to the usual AAI grant applications.

Assistance with your grant request is available from AAI Advisory Council members or from the Region 2 Arts Council Executive Director at 218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447.

 Call for Artwork


Are you a Native American artist who has received a grant from Region 2 Arts Council? Are you a Native American artist who has been part of a R2AC granted project?

If so, you are invited to submit 1 - 3 pieces of recent artwork (completed within the last two years). Submissions need to be received in our office no later than Friday, November 22 nd .

218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447

The AAI exhibit will be held at the Region 2 Arts Council office, located inside the Watermark Art Center (in Bemidji).

Opening reception: Friday, December 6, 2019 - 5pm to 7pm
The exhibit runs through mid-January, 2020.

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative
Grant Recipient
Debra Bearskin Hawthorne
Debra Bearskin Hawthorne

Debra Bearskin Hawthorne is a quilt maker who lives in Puposky. She used funds from an Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant to purchase materials and maintain equipment so that she could sew over twenty star quilts. Many of the quilts went to ceremony as give-away or at cost. With these funds she was also able to have a booth at the Mystic Lake Wacipi Pow Wow. Through this project she was invited to display her work at Northern Vision, in Minneapolis, where she has gained visibility for her work. She now has a studio space and is easily set up to take orders for her star quilts.
2019-2020 Artist Fellows Announced!

Bemidji-based Artist Fellows percussionist Eric Sundeen and poet Erin Marsh were selected on October 12, 2019, when a committee of established community artists and Region 2 Arts Council board members convened to review 12 Artist Fellowship applications. This award is intended for dedicated artists who have created a substantial independent body of work, and have received recognition for their work. More info here.
Erin Lynn Marsh  is the author of the poetry collection  Disability Isn’t Sexy  (Jules’ Poetry Playhouse Publications, 2019), which is a finalist in the NM/AZ Book Awards. Her poems have appeared in  Post Road Magazine Sugar House Review Paper Darts Emrys Journal , and the anthology  Hers: Poets Speak (while we still can), Vol. 2  (Beatlick Press and Jules’ Poetry Playhouse Publications, 2017), edited by Jules Nyquist.
Erin shared in her application 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. She notes her poems are often bold, honest, and specific; and that her goal is to create for her readers a moment in a body that is often considered "other" by our society. Erin Lynn Marsh lives and works in Bemidji, MN.
Eric Sundeen  holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance from St. Cloud State University. He is the Percussion Instructor at Bemidji High School, and has been an Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Bemidji State University since 2005. He plays in the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, and has performed throughout the United States, and internationally.

Eric Sundeen is active as a freelance musician, has been active as a studio percussionist with multiple local artists, and is a percussion arranger and composer. He lives in Bemidji, Minnesota with his wife and sons.

Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors and Staff would like to thank each of the Artist Fellowship applicants and congratulate Eric Sundeen and Erin Lynn Marsh as the 2019-2020 Artist Fellows!

The Region 2 Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award is made possible
through the generous support of the McKnight Foundation.
Artists' Coffee Hour
Learning Circle
Please join artist and business owner, Monica Hansmeyer, for Artists’ Coffee Hour to encourage collaborative learning among artists.

November 13
8:30 a.m.
Wild Hare Bistro & Coffeehouse
523 Minnesota Ave NW

This session uses materials from Springboard for the Arts’ Toolkit – Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists – to support local area artists’ shared learning and growth. You can request a free pdf version of the Toolkit here .

The Workbook covers every facet of building a successful and sustainable career – from career planning, time management, marketing, and social media to pricing, recordkeeping, funding, and developing a business plan. The shared learning format invites artists to give and receive support and knowledge through shared experiences. New and experienced artists are welcome!

Region 2 Arts Council serves artists and communities in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties.
Grants for Organizations

 Deadline: December 15, 2019

Maximum Award: $2,500 ( 20% Cash Match required)

Open to non-profits, schools,* local and tribal government offices, or groups with a fiscal sponsor . These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects including costs related to performances or exhibitions, engagement of guest artists, public arts projects, and artists-in-residence. Arts organizations may also apply to fund consultation projects in board development, fiscal management, fundraising, public relations, audience development, or assistance in designing arts programming. Funded arts projects must benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties.

*Parochial schools are ineligible

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.

Grant applications are usually 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. We are here to help!
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.
We are here to help!
Looking for America

by Paula Swenson

November 6 - December 13
9 am - 4 pm

The Talley Gallery is pleased to present the new works by Minnesota artist Paula Swenson. The exhibition of her paintings, created while she was a R2AC Fellow 2018-2019, are inspired by her travels across America.

Bridgeman Hall
Bemidji State University

Birch Trees Acrylic Painting

November 9
1 - 3 pm

Come to the Watermark Art Center's art studio to celebrate fall by painting a beautiful winter forest scene with acrylic on canvas. Students will learn how to paint birch trees in perspective, in addition to color mixing and acrylic painting basics.

You can sign up online or in the Center.

November 23
1 - 3 pm

A Family Create Saturday! Adults and families welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the activity. This class is an opportunity for families to participate in an art project together.

You can sign up online or in the Center.

See their website for details about this month's class.

Wool Needle-Felted Bowl

November 16
1 – 4 pm

Ages 15 and up

Watermark Art Center
505 Bemidji Ave N
Bemidji, MN 
Heartland Concert Association presents
Timothy Chooi

November 11
7 pm

Park Rapids High School Auditorium

3 pm

Art Reception begins at 3 pm, featuring a different area artists for each event followed by music beginning around 3:45 pm.

Terrapin Station
115 Main St W
Nevis, MN

This dance will again feature live music by the O'Neil Family band from East Grand Forks and calling by Wendy Greenberg. Everything is taught by the caller. No experience or partners necessary. Families welcome. A free-will donation is suggested but not required.

Rail River Folk School
303 Railroad St SE

Bemidji S ymphony Orchestra presents: Deep Pulses

3 :00 pm

Featuring world-renowned opera singer Tammy Hensrud

Bemidji High School Auditorium
2900 Division Street

Swedish Wire Wrapping

November 9
11 am - 2 pm

Learn to make a practical hook wrapped with colorful thin wire. Hang it in the kitchen, front hall or bedroom. Suitable for caps, coats, aprons and kitchen wear or give it as a gift. All materials provided.

Instructor: Joan Dreyer

Class size is limited to 12 participants ages 10 and older.

Book Drive

Once again Gallery North will be collaborating with Bemidji Community Theater to collect new and next to new children’s books to be distributed to any child attending Treasure Island in April of 2020. Drop off books at Gallery North Art Gallery any time.

Gallery North
310 4th St NW
Bemidji, MN

Creative Cafe

November 12
4 - 6 pm

Our artists will take you on a hands-on adventure into the arts. Come sip, nibble goodies, connect, and get creative. Choose an activity or just come to hang out. No registration required.

Needle-Felted Gnome

November 23
1 - 4 pm

Learn how to needle felt a gnome that will make a great addition to your home for the holidays. Each participant will learn basic needle felting techniques. All materials will be provided, instructor is Angie Headlee. You may bring gloves to protect your hands from getting poked with the needle.

Class size: Limited to 10 participants, ages 12 and over.

Gallery North
4th St
Bemidji, MN

Headwaters Coffee House
Open Mic

First Friday of the month

Held the first Friday of most months, Headwaters CoffeeHouse offers a supportive and welcoming 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. Mark it on your calendar for December!

Other Great Opportunities:

Pottery for Youth & Adults

Choir Groups

Headwaters Music & Arts
519 Minnesota Ave. NW
Bemidji, MN

November 13
3:30 pm

November meeting will be held at the Clearwater County History Center in Shevlin. Regular business meeting begins at 4:00 with a casual meet-and-greet at 3:30 pm.

​All are welcome. See their website.

Check Out MnArtist's Opportunities

Have you bookmarked MnArtist's website yet? They have a running list of art opportunities around the country.

Join COMPAS's new Teaching Artist Roster
COMPAS is looking for new Minnesota artists to add to their roster of professional Teaching Artists. Applicants must be residents of Minnesota working as professional artists in their discipline and 5 years of teaching artist experience is preferred.

Deadline November 15
Call for Art: 24th Annual Spring Gala Art Auction
Plains Art Museum will host an art auction and Spring Gala that will include original artworks made by some of the most talented and prolific contemporary artists from around the region. Selected artworks will be featured in the Art Auction Preview Exhibition in the Museum’s first floor Jane L. Stern Gallery and in the Spring Gala Catalogue that is sent to 3,000+ regional households and businesses.
Gala is May 2, 2020.

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2019

Mn Artists Presents: [Your Name Here]
2020 Call for Proposals
Seeking proposals from Minnesota-based artists to serve as guest curators for a one-night program, held on a Thursday from 5 - 9 pm.

Minneapolis-St Paul Airport offers various opportunities for artists.
Artist Roster of emerging, mid-career and established artists who will be prequalified for future public art opportunities at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP). Click here for full RFP.

Requests for exhibit proposals from artists, artisans, and partnering organizations for a variety of select locations in MSP. View full RFP here.

Requests for performing arts proposals from performing artists and arts organizations whose work reflects the rich diversity of the Upper Midwest to showcase their unique talent at MSP. View full RFP here.
Southwest Minnesota
Arts Council
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council has a wonderful page that lists art opportunity websites around the state.

Send submissions for our December newsletter by November 18 to: