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First Friday Art Walk set for March 2 in Bemidji

BEMIDJI—The next installment of the Friday Art Walk in Bemidji is set for Friday, March 2, at the following locations:

Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive SE, will continue its exhibit featuring the work of landscape and nature photographer Robert Ferdinandt. The display is a collection from the last three years, ranging from southwest Minnesota to the North Shore. Ferdinandt has had his photography showcased in a variety of online and print publications, including: ExploreMinnesota.com, VisitSaintPaul.com, St. Paul Pioneer Press and Capture Minnesota. Dunn Bros is open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 523 Minnesota Ave., will continue "Dreamscapes," a new series of paintings by Bagley artist Tawnee Corning, through March. The collection consists of colorful acrylic paintings of psychedelic skies, mountain and tree silhouettes, with gold leaf details. View the work from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Bemidji Library Art Wall, 509 America Ave NW, will feature the work of Robert Larson, president of the Bemidji Woodcarvers Club and member of the Northern Artist Guild. Larson will have a number of pencil drawings on display showcasing portrait work in different styles and techniques. The Bemidji Library is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. NW, will present the new art exhibit "Drawn to Nature" by Jeff Kitterman. He is an award-winning artist with a passion for pen and ink biological illustration. Kitterman's artwork will include original pen and ink illustrations along with prints of his work and greeting cards. Meet the artist from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Neilson Place Lobby. Refreshments will be served. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus.

Gallery North, 310 Fourth St., will host a reception on Friday, March 2, from 2 to 6 p.m., for showcase artist Don Wattenhofer. Wattenhofer has been exposed to woodwork all of his life and has completed several projects in cabinetry, furniture and woodturning. The featured artist will be Gallery member Mary Morton. Morton began rosemaling in 1974, as well as tole painting (German folk art), Celtic knotwork (Irish folk art), and Ukrainian Egg decorating. The featured author will be Holly Szurpicki. Szurpicki's goal for writing children's books is to create a safe and wholesome environment for imagination. Copies of her books will be for sale.

BSU: The 2018 Midwinter Interlude Faculty and Staff Arts and Craft Exhibit will host an open house on Friday, March 2. BSU's Midwinter Interlude features the artistic and creative work of BSU staff and faculty. BSU artists will be available for a meet-n-greet from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Ramsey Gallery in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. The Midwinter Interlude will run through April 19.

Northwest Indian Community Development Center, 1819 Bemidji Ave N, will display a fiber and photo exhibit on March 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. In addition, several vendors will be selling unique artworks crafted by area Indigenous artists.

Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave NW, will host Herstory: Celebrating Women's History Month during March. The exhibit, curated by local artist Paula Swenson, celebrates women and women artists in particular. The exhibit will feature 13 local artists. The opening reception will be March 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. Following the exhibit reception, Headwaters will host the Open Mic CoffeeHouse from 7 to 10 p.m. The coffee house is a volunteer-led community event where all ages and skill levels are welcome to perform. Sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m. The CoffeeHouse is $3 per person or $7 per family. This month's event will be hosted by Rachel Munson and the Bemidji Area Youth Advisory Commission.

Watermark Art Center, 505, Bemidji Ave. N, will host a closing reception for the exhibit Native Skywatchers — Earth Sky Connections on March 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. This traveling exhibit brings artists together to share compelling visual stories about multi-dimensional relationships to earth and sky. The Native Skywatchers Initiative weaves together art, science and culture and is at the cutting edge of defining Indigenous STEM.

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