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Saturday, February 4, 2012

First Friday Bemidji - February 2012

First Fridays in Bemidji are always a treat.  Many places in town host artist shows each month, the first Friday the promoninent day for show openings and artist reception/open houses.

The afternoon began at GoldPine Home, a local Adult Assisted-Care Facility, with a show and tell about my handiwork.  Around a table with a group of beautiful gray to white haired women we introduced ourselves and got to know each other a wee bit.  Then I proceeded to pull a variety of needle felted, traditional wet felted, and sewn projects out of a packed picnic basket, describing and passing around each piece.

Handiwork exploding out of the picnic basket
Two of the women had grown up on farms where fleece sheep were raised, that was really cool.  One had made and sold many wool batt filled quilts.  Another woman had sewn many of her own clothes with wool jersey double knits in the 1930s to 1950s. None of the women however had heard of needle felting.  They enjoyed learning a little about this relatively new handicraft. They seemed to enjoy the range of textures and colors.  The most popular works were the felt covered soap, the flower topped pens, and the sweatshirt bib/cape.  The hour flew by, lots of smiles and laughs shared.

Next stop Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse to meet painter Jami Burdick.  A new artist to me, I enjoyed Jami’s works in chalk, especially the woodpecker and the pheasant.  All her pictures were framed in wonderfully reclaimed frames, from repurposed mirror frames to windows.

Right next door, a show by Nina Lubarski, a local art educator as well as a friend and neighbor.  A delightful new work from Nina, a children’s book shown on canvas. “Lucy Learns to Color” looks great on the walls at The Center of Therapeutic Arts.

On down the street then a turn to the right and onto Gallery North.  The Showcase artists; painter Kathy Sanders and wood carver Les Sanders.  Some of the most beautifully cut and painted gourd art I’ve ever encountered along with very nice wood carvings.  While there, found Diana Jones another friend and artist, so took the opportunity of capture a few pictures of Diana with some of her paintings.
Diana Jones, Bemidji Artist
Ah, last stop, long stop at The Cabin Coffeehouse.  They always host their first Friday artist with wonderful desert treats.  Raspberry cream cheese bites and rich dark coffee at this one.  Also a delightfully different art show by Kendra Fuller. 
Kendra Fuller, Bemidji Artist
Kendra owns Urban Essence Interiors, her focus is textured and amazing wall treatments.  (She also does plain and simple wall painting, though is becoming know locally for her creative style using a variety of paints, plasters, glazes.)  The range of her work is highlighted in canvas “paintings” in this show where large wall art also becomes small wall art. In the above photo.  Her work is very 2012, from the upscale classy metallics with a sharp cutting edge style to faux brick and other textures that give a more rustic northwoods feel.

And then, Oh boy, Oh joy. Bluebird came to play alt. country and folk styles.
Anne Meredith-Will, Kari Munson, Jesica Conrad

The awesome trio Bluebird is know for their vocal harmonies.

Hung out listening until 8pm then headed on home for a good nights sleep.

I hope you too enjoyed a lovely Friday evening where ever you were. 


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