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First Friday

November 1, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Gallery North will host a “Holiday Boutique” First Friday reception on November 1st from 2-6 p.m. The “Holiday Boutique” will feature specific artwork handmade by Gallery North members! So, if you need a “Secret Santa” gift or a special gift for that special someone, stop by our open house reception.
Featured artist is Gallery North member Les Sanders. Les started woodcarving over 30 years ago. Although largely self-taught, Les has taken a broad spectrum of carving courses, classes and seminars over the years. He often carves whimsical characters and houses and is especially talented at creating and carving split cedar flutes.

Les is an active member of the Northern Artists Association, Bemidji Carving Club, Mid-America Woodcarvers, and teaches carving and flute making at the North Country Arts & Crafts Workshop.

Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. You can find Gallery North at 310 4th Street NW, Bemidji, on Facebook and at

Headwaters Music & Arts will host “Encore: Instruments Reimagined “a group exhibit featuring the art of local artists and Headwaters supporters who donated their time to transform unusable musical instruments into surprising and innovative works of art. The initiatives raises funds for Headwaters with the goal to replace the art studio furnace and install an AC system. The public is invited to the opening celebration 5-6 pm Friday, November 1st at 519 Minnesota Ave NW, when silent auction bidding will commence. There is no cost to attend.

The work will be on display and the silent auction will stay open until Headwaters Northwoods Winter Concert at 4 pm Sunday December 8th. For more information call 218.444.5606.

Watermark Art Center presents the photography of Monika Lawrence and the opening reception for her exhibit “Beyond Whiteness” on November 1 from 5 to 7pm. Lawrence will deliver a brief artist’s talk at 6pm. Lawrence’s work captures people in their environment as well as people’s impact on the natural environment. “Beyond Whiteness” highlights the beauty and mystery in the monochromatic snowscapes of northern winters. The exhibit will be on display until January 31, 2020. 505 Bemidji Ave. N, 218-444-7570, and at  Admission to Watermark Art Center is open to the public and free.

Bemidji Public Library – The Library Wall at the Bemidji Public Library will be displaying and selling prints from local watercolor artist John Winter during the months of October and November. John Winter is an emerging artist from Bemidji. Winter is inspired by nature, with a history of working in park service for over 40 years. His primary subjects focus on nature, painting and recreation. The library is located at 509 America Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse – Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will present “Beautify”, new works by ceramist Cyrus Swann, October 4th through the month of December. Merging media to create visual and spatial harmony, Cyrus makes a wide range of functional and experimental ceramic work, including bowls, bottles, groupings, sculpture and installations. A 2002 graduate of Bemidji State University in fine arts, Cyrus has been working clay professionally for 17 years and has established his studio in his home town of Pine River, MN. His well-crafted pottery is intended for daily use and will last a lifetime! Watch Facebook for a reception/pottery sale at a later, as of yet undetermined date. 523 Minnesota Avenue, Downtown Bemidji, 218-444-5282,

Located in downtown Bemidji, the Watermark neighborhood is full of attractions and entertainment opportunities, all within easy walking distance!

While you are walking around, check out the Bemidji Sculpture Walk murals and the kiosk project.
Other things to do while you are downtown include taking in a play at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, discovering what’s up at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, learning our local history at the Beltrami County History Center, and finding fun for the whole family at the Headwaters Science Center.
Need more information on what to see and do? Stop in at the Tourist Information Center, and visit with our Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors & Convention Bureau to find out more. The WMAC also shares the shores of Lake Bemidji with Bemidji Lake State Park and Bemidji State University and just south of us is the Northwest Technical College and Oak Hills Christian College.
We are proud to make our home in such a vibrant community!

Hosting a First Friday Event

Watermark Art Center is the community coordinator for Bemidji’s First Friday Artwalk, but the Artwalk belongs to all of us. If you’d like to host artwork for the First Friday event and list your event in our monthly press release, please contact Lisa Seter | 218-444-7570 to set up an appointment to discuss what you need and what we expect. We’ll answer all your questions and provide you with guidelines to make your event a success.


November 1, 2019
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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