Gallery North Fine Art

Fine Arts & Crafts

About Gallery North

Gallery North, a non-profit cooperative art gallery under the sponsorship of the Northern Artist Association, gives members a place to display and sell work, encourages growth, builds confidence and provides public exposure for art, while emphasizing variety and individuality.

It is dedicated to assisting emerging and established artists, promoting art, and benefiting the Bemidji area, the downtown business district, and the tourism industry.

Artists can find a support system through their interaction with other members and the Bemidji area community. Emerging artists can learn from other artists and can gain experience by exhibiting their work.

Gallery North has been displaying and selling area artists’ work in downtown Bemidji, Minnesota, since 1989. They opened in their present location, 502 3rd St. N.W. in November, 2001. They are housed in the same building as Ink Spot Press, Grandma’s Attic Antiques, and Clearwater Cottage, all across the street from The Woolen Mills. Look for the signs showing how to find the gallery.

On the first Friday of every month, from 2 to 5 p.m., the public is invited to observe demonstrations featuring one of the Gallery’s artists as well as visit with one of the community showcase artists or authors. The Gallery also contains a library/resource room, a showcase artist display area, and a classroom space for workshops and special events.

Members’ work is also displayed at various places throughout Bemidji: The Beltrami County History Center, Merit Care Walk-In Clinic, Riverwood Bank, North Country Regional Hospital, Merit Care – Lower Level Lab – Main Building, Bemidji Community Art Center, Kitchigami Library Art Wall, and at the Dunn Brothers Coffee, Wild Hare Bistro, The Cabin, Tutto Bene, and The Fleur de Lis Gallery.

In 1972, a dozen artists or so decided to join together in ‘…the promotion of art, art interest and art activities among the people of Bemidji and the surrounding area.’ Their ideas gave rise to the Northern Artist Association. Their goals then and now continue to be ‘…to seek places to display the art work of area members, … and to sponsor art education through speakers, demonstrations and exhibits.’ From that small group of twelve artists, membership has now grown to forty-four. To this day, the Northern Artist Association continues to hold weekly painting sessions and monthly special programs to which the public is always invited.

Upcoming Events

April events are as follows:

April 3, 2015
Gallery North First Friday Open House
502 3rd Street NW
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The Showcase Artist Open House for Gallery North First Friday will be held on April 3, 2015. Gallery North is pleased to host the Artists of Minnesota Traveling Mini Show and wish to invite the public to view the exhibit at Gallery North, 502 3rd Street NW, Bemidji, MN.

Artists of Minnesota is an organization that was formed in 1959 and sponsors the exhibit that travels across the state to publicize the organization and give people of different communities a chance to view the work of Minnesota artists. The purpose of this event is to bring together artists of all levels of experience and in various locations throughout the state. More information can be found online at

Colleen Hilts is the Featured Artist for April and will demonstrate her interest in working with fabric including wall hangings with a combination of water color paint and quilting to make original design pictures. She uses different fabrics, yarns, paints and threads to create a variety of textures. Colleen has won awards at local county fairs and the Minnesota Art Association. She has sold wood and quilt creations in local galleries and other locations.

Gallery North hours are from 10am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday. Gallery North is always looking for artists for the Showcase Wall; if interested in displaying your art work, or in becoming a member, please contact the gallery at 218-444-9813 for more information. If you would like to see more pictures of events at Gallery North, “Like” Gallery North on Facebook.