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.
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. Members of the gallery have rotated their art spaces on May 19, and many new works have been brought in, so come in to see our new look.
Kay Schuver will be the showcase artist for the month of June at Gallery North with a reception on Friday afternoon, June 7 from 2-5 pm. Kay will feature his oil paintings and woodcarvings.
The First Friday featured artists for June are Monie Martin and Patty Lovegreen. Monie Martin creates baskets from many local materials such as black ash, cedar, birch bark, willow, sweet grass, and round and flat reeds, some natural and some dyed. She weaves fabrics into some of the baskets and decorates them with leather, beads, stones, and feathers, among other natural materials. Patty Lovegreen is passionate about color and weaving with color. Patty has mastered the process of gelling or marbling paper, then cutting it up and weaving it into something else. Her tapestry is more about storytelling than abstract color arrangements.