Common Ground 806 – Nordic Showcase & Painter Diana Johnson

In this two-segment episode, join us at Bemidji’s Nordic Showcase where groups including the Sons Of Norway exhibit culture from the Old Country, Norway, Finland, Denmark & Sweden. Then Diana Johnson invites us to her studio to observe as she creates a small painting in a...

In Focus: Red Lake Artist Shares Native Culture On A Canvas

Red Lake native Brian Dow has been an artist his whole life, but it is not until almost three years ago when he found his true passion – sketching Native American portraits on a canvas. Watch the story to learn more. 

CLC Students Handcraft new Paul and Babe Bike Rack in Brainerd

Dynamic duo Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox are now keeping an eye on the bikes of downtown Brainerd. Located on the corner of Laurel and S. Seventh streets, the bike rack features Paul Bunyan, Babe and the iconic historical water tower, all surrounded by a base that resembles a...

In Focus: Learning Ojibwe Through Art

With an hour each day over the past week – six kids with sharpies were able to create a book – all while learning a new language. Using illustration, first and second graders took an hour over four days to draw their animal of choice, all eventually will be placed into a series...

New Director: Headwaters School of Music and the Arts

Over the years the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts has become a staple in the Bemidji Arts Community.  Tricia Andrews is the new executive director for the school and shares her vision.

Common Ground 716 – Writer and Illustrator Michael Lyons and Artist Brad Wegscheid

Visit Michael Lyons’ studio where he writes and illustrates Ojibwe cartoon strips. Then watch as Brad Wegscheid creates the public art mural for Lakeland Public Television’s new Bemidji building! In this season 7 finale watch as Michael Lyons of Bemidji illustrates and writes...

Community Spotlight: Bemidji State Staff Showcase Art

Bemidji State educators are sharing their artwork with the public this week. The seventh annual Midwinter Interlude art show is taking place at the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex on campus. Over twenty of the school’s professors and other faculty are displaying work that...

In Focus: Warm Your Heart with a Little Art

February is Warm Your Heart with a Little Art month at Gallery North in Bemidji, which means free art classes each week. For this week’s In Focus, we took a look at a felt bear-making class just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Common Ground 708 – Luthier Bob Wenzel of Warroad

Luthier Bob Wenzel of Warroad, MN teaches a father and son to build their own guitars. Enter Bob Wenzel’s shop with a father and son who come together to learn the art of building guitars. Bob has built guitars in the Warroad area for many years and enjoys passing on the skills...

Minnesota Capitol Art Input Session in Bemidji

Bemidji residents were invited to the American Indian Resource Center to give their input on what art should be in the capitol building in Saint Paul. The building is currently being restored after remaining the same for 110 years.

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