Minnesota Monster Marionettes

The talented Nina Lubarski will have an artist reception for her Minnesota Monsters from 3-5 p.m. today at the Wild Hare Bistro. Her playful marionette puppets are created with paper mache and other media. They will be hanging out at the Wild Hare throughout the month of March. There will also be a special dinner open to the public until 9 p.m. featuring Japanese-inspired cuisine after the reception.

Transcendental art at Rail River Folk School

The Rail River Folk School is a creative haven that has been showcasing some of Bemidji’s under the radar artists for the past few months now. Their building is located across the Irvine Ave. bridge – behind the old train depot. The school provides incredible resources to the community and will only continue to grow. Visit railriverfolkschool.org or like their Facebook page for more information.

This week, the school will host an artist reception for Emily Wendland at 5 p.m. Friday. Emily has shown her Transcendental Terrain exhibit at Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery and the Ochre Ghost Gallery in Duluth. She is the artist clerk at the Yellow Umbrella gift shop in Bemidji and hails from Duluth, Minn. Her work features print, painting, and mixed media and usually includes whimsical animals and geometric shapes. Visit her website: cargocollective.com/emilywendlandillustration or like her Facebook page.



Furry First Friday

Artists Malisa Van Maasdam and Gary Hill are two of the awesome featured artists this month for First Friday. The artists share the theme of highlighting the outdoors and their furry inhabitants this winter.

Malisa’s reception for “Layers” is from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Wild Hare Bistro. Her work medium is pen on paper and yarn. Her pieces are big and small and capture the wonderful array of creatures living in our Northwoods. Malisa has also planned the dinner menu for the evening which will be served from 5 to 9 p.m. View the menu at wildharebistro.com.

Gary’s reception for “Folk Artfish” is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Rail River Folk School. The collection of drawings, painting and prints are a reflection of his time spent in the outdoors over the past year. There will be refreshments served and Northwoods Collective open mic will follow the reception.

“Whitetail Deer” by Malisa Van Maasdam

Gary Hill

Funky fresh First Friday

This Friday in Bemidji, the Rail River Folk School will host an artist reception for Sam Staudt. Known as Punk Rock Sam, his work is chaotic and vividly reflective of his renegade lifestyle. His past is as colorful as his art. He has been in multiple punk bands over the years such as Slurred Vision, Good Morning, Rabbid Rabbit and current project Radical Fun Time. Come meet Sam and enjoy his radical artwork from 5-7 p.m. 

Sam explains his art