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.
September events are as follows:
September 5, 2014
Gallery North First Friday Open House
502 3rd Street NW
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Showcase Artists for the month of September at Gallery North are Jack B. Sholund and Bob Larson, with a reception on Friday afternoon, September 5th from 2-5 pm. Jack is an watercolor artist who has surmounted physical difficulties to continue his art. Bob Larson is a local woodcarver will offer an eclectic display of hand carved woodcarvings.
The First Friday featured artists are Curtis Schagunn and Kathy Sanders. Curtis has taught himself, through magazines and talking to others, to create and design pieces of jewelry using various stone and bead types. Kathy Sanders has been an oil painter for many years. Most recently, she has developed her gourd art utilizing wire and beadwork, including her own unique handmade glass beads.
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.