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.
Showcase Artist of the Month
Gallery North’s showcase artists for the month of July are Denny and Sharon Tranden. They make carved wood bowls and carved beaded gourds as well as create jewelry.
August at Gallery North:
Gallery North’s showcase artist for the month of August is Becki Andrews. Becki paints still lifes in oils.
Gallery North’s featured member artist for the month of August is Colleen Hilts. Colleen is both a wood carver and a fabric artist. Her carving work has included whimsical houses, fish, small animals, old country Santas and her favorite, relief carving flowers. Her interest in working with fabric has offered her many options including large quilts, wall hangings, table toppers, place mats, baby quilts and applique cut out sweat shirts. She has been doing 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.
Gallery North’s First Friday Open House/Artists’ Reception will be held on Friday, August 5th, from 2-5 pm at at Gallery North, 502 3rd St. NW, Bemidji. Come and meet both Becki and Colleen.