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.
CURRENT BUSINESS HOURS are Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 – 5:00 pm. 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.
May at Gallery North:
May 5, 2017
Gallery North First Friday Open House
310 4th Street NW
2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
GALLERY NORTH HAS MOVED! Stop by our May First Friday reception on May 5th to see our new space! We are extending the hours for our reception, which will now be 2:00-6:00 pm.
Showcase Artist for Gallery North’s First Friday will feature author Barb Schlichting. Writing under the name of Barbie Marie, this is Barbara Schlichting ‘s first picture book titled “Red Shoes.”
Barbara has a degree in elementary teaching plus a Masters in Special Education. She has always had an inkling to write a picture book for young children.
Barbara has had three First Lady adult mystery books published, but still had the desire to write for young children. Thus, “Red Shoes” was born. Maggie was her mother’s nickname so the kitty was named after her, Maggie the three-legged kitty. Barbara will be there to sign copies of her books.
Featured Artist is Rachel Davey. Rachel was born and raised in Bemidji, then moved to Colorado Springs, where she lived for 10 years before moving back and settling down with her family.
Rachel realized after making her own wedding jewelry when she got married in 2010, that she enjoyed working with Swarovski crystals and other shimmering glass beads and now makes anything that sparkles. She enjoys creating wedding jewelry, window prisms and Christmas ornaments the most.
Stop by Gallery North’s First Friday reception, May 5th from 2-6 pm. Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989.