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Indigenous Arts Festival offers many activities

June 22, 2014

The Bemidji Pioneer, Minn.



June 22--The Indigenous Arts Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad Street SW. It is an open-air indigenous art market, artist and powwow demonstrations, local American Indian performing artists, and opening and closing ceremonies. Live demonstrations include canoe, moccasin, and jingle dress making, as well as beadwork, quill work, black ash basketry, pottery and hide tanning. A welcome will take place at 10 a.m., artists demonstrations from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., powwow demonstrations from noon to 1 p.m. and a closing ceremony at 6 p.m. Live performances by Sonny Johnson, Dafoe Singers, Rez Rap and Windy Downwind will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information call 766-3837 or railriverfolkschool@hotmail.com.

Today

--"I Do! I Do" a matinee performance, the first musical of the Paul Bunyan Playhouse season, at 2 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. The musical tells the story of Agnes Snow, a lovely, innocent young woman marrying Michael Snow The soon-to-be husband is a young man deeply in love, sweetly anxious to join his dear Agnes in marriage, in life, in forever. The stage at the Chief is perfectly set for the telling of this lifelong tale of two people, joined together in matrimony, enduring all the trials and tribulations this condition entails. It would be difficult to find a play that speaks so well to what are common themes, and a common bond, for most members of the audience.

Tuesday

--A conversation about bringing new arts projects, events, and initiatives to Clearwater County communities will take place from 6:15 to 8 p.m. in room 100 at Bagley High School, 1130 Main Ave. N. in Bagley. Region 2 Arts Council staff will be on hand to discuss ways in which grants can offer support. Coffee and light snacks will be provided. Artists, teachers, arts and community organizers, school administrators, county, city and town representatives, business owners, and arts appreciators will want to be a part of this conversation. Contact Region 2 Arts Council for more information by calling 751-5447, 800- 275-5447 or emailing staff@r2arts.org.

Wednesday

--The summer recital series will feature Lois Simonson on the piano joined by Sanna Gustafson on saxophone and Kari Miller on flute from noon to 12:30 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church, 5405 Hwy 2 W. Their program will consist of arrangements of well-known hymn melodies and sacred compositions. A freewill offering will be accepted.

--"I Do! I Do" a matinee performance, the first musical of the Paul Bunyan Playhouse season, at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave.

Thursday

--Charlie Parr performs starting at 6 p.m.at Second Street Stage, between Main Ave. and Highway 71 in Park Rapids. Bring your own lawn chairs. Many people play roots music, but few modern musicians live those roots like Parr. In January, he released a new album, "Hollandale" with new songs inspired by Minnesota's fields, swamps and woods.

--"I Do! I Do" a matinee performance, the first musical of the Paul Bunyan Playhouse season, at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave.

Friday

--"I Do! I Do" a matinee performance, the first musical of the Paul Bunyan Playhouse season, at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave.

Saturday

--"I Do! I Do" a matinee performance, the first musical of the Paul Bunyan Playhouse season, at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave.

Art installations

--Neilson Place presents the multilayered artwork of Paula Swanson, "Hurry Summer," through June. Swanson explores and interprets ideas, emotions and experiences creating a dialogue between the artist and viewer. Neilson Place is located on Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne St. NW.

--Brigids Pub presents The Artists of Studio 10, showcasing a new body of work. The theme of this exhibit is "Greening Up," now through July. Brigids Pub is located downtown at 317 Beltrami Ave. NW.

--Watermark Art Center opening of "Inside and Out" exhibit is a collection of recent paintings, mixed media collages and work in oil and wax. The exhibit runs through Aug. 2. For more information call 444-7570, emailwatermark@paulbunyan.net or visit www.watermarkartcenter.org.

Upcoming events

--"Let's be Koi," a watercolor workshop with instructor Marion Caroline will take place at 1 p.m.June 28 at Gallery North, 502 Third St. NW. Students will use glazing and negative space to create depth and layers of underwater plants with colorful Koi swimming. Cost is $45. Registrations are taken at Gallery North.

--The release of children's book "Alphabet Jambalaya (An Alliterative Alphabet Book for the Young at Heart)" will take place 2 to 5 p.m.July 11 at Gallery North, 502 Third St. NW. Alphabet Jambalaya is not your usual alphabet book, it captures the imagination with unique pictures through the use of alliteration. Participants can listen to excerpts from the book, play games, enjoy refreshments, and share in the joy of sharing a first-book.

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