Bemidji First Friday Art Walk
December 1, 2017
Dunn Bros Coffee will display the paintings of John Simonis. Simonis was the first BSU graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and passed away in 1983, but his work has been turned into a collection, which can be seen at Dunn Bros for the month of December. 15% of the art sales will help fund the local Disabled American Veteran's chapter. Dunn Bros is located at 501 Paul Bunyan Dr SE and is open 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Neilson Place continues the photography display of “North and South – Best of Both Worlds” by Lainie Hiller. Hiller is Australian by birth and culture. She is a self-taught photographer who has a love for photography, travel and the outdoors. Her favorite subject matters are wildlife and landscapes, which she has captured through her lens of Australia and travels with her wildlife biologist husband to other countries. View the exhibit at Neilson Place, 1000 Anne Street NW, from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
The Bemidji Library wall will feature work by the Northern Artist Association in an exhibit titled "Come Join Us and Put Your Creative Side to Work." The wall will showcase each of the members’ variety of styles. Bemidji Library is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 509 America Ave NW.
Northwest Indian Community Development Center will host a First Friday Art Market on December 1 from 1-7 p.m. featuring contemporary and traditional Ojibwe art, jewelry, garments and other hand-crafted personal and home care products. Light snacks will be offered, with lunch available for purchase. The NWICDC is located at 1819 Bemidji Ave N, next door to Slumberland.
Gallery North will host a “Holiday Boutique” First Friday reception on December 1st from 2-6 p.m. Featured Artist will be Gallery member and author, Mary Knox-Johnson. Knox-Johnson has published three children’s books to date: Thoughts from Pudge (A Philosophical Look at Life from a Dog’s Point of View), Thoughts from Pudge II (The Mentoring Continues) and Alphabet Jambalaya (An Alliterative Alphabet Book for the Fun at Heart). Knox-Johnson will be available to read from all three of her books and discuss the positive side of self-publishing. She will also discuss some of the research she has done on her new project regarding Gangsters Among Us, a look at the mob in Bemidji during the 1920’s and 30’s. The Holiday Boutique reception will also host Featured Writer Mike Lien of Menahga. Lien will sign copies of his book Firewood Happens, a Midwest Book Award winner. Gallery North is located at 310 4th St NW.
Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will present “Art Feast,” recent works by Malisa VanMaasdam, December 1st through the month of January. “Art Feast” will feature original watercolors depicting seasonally-inspired illustrated recipes from VanMaasdam’s own kitchen, arranged into a calendar with one recipe for each month of the year. The opening reception will be held on December 1st from 3-5 p.m. at 523 Minnesota Ave.
Headwaters Music & Arts will host the opening reception for the Headwaters’ Art Club exhibit on December 1st, 3:30-4 p.m. The students (aged 9-13) have worked in a variety of mediums since October, joined by three instructors - Susan Kedzie, Fisher Jambor and Diamond Knispel. The group had the opportunity to work with basic drawing, watercolor and oil pastels and learned concepts such as realism and surrealism. The exhibit will be paired with wreaths from the First Annual Festival of Wreaths, a fundraising event for Sertoma Club Bemidji and Headwaters Music & Arts’ Scholarship Program.