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.
July events at Gallery North are as follows:
July 1, 2016
First Friday Open House
502 3rd Street NW
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
July 16, 2016
“The Blood Spangled Banner” by Barbara Schichting
Join long time Bemidji resident Barbara Schlichting for the launch of her new book, The Blood Spangled Banner, on Saturday, July 16 from 2 to 4 at Gallery North Art Gallery (located inside the Ink Spot Building, next to Grandmas Attic, across from the Woolen Mills) in Bemidji, MN.
Main character Liv Anderson, who owns the First Lady Dollhouse store in Minneapolis, is approached by a department store owner from New York City about the “family secret;” but before Liv can find the answer, she discovers the woman dead in her store the following morning. What is the “family secret”? As Liv searches family records, letters, and photos, she discovers her family may own the original manuscript of The Star Spangled Banner. Liv stands between the manuscript and the killer; who will find it first?
Schlichting, born and raised in Minneapolis, moved to Bemidji in 1979 where she attended Bemidji State University earning her undergraduate and graduate degrees in elementary education and special education. She has been writing for over 20 years, starting with children’s books, then books for teens, and now adult readers. “I like mysteries because I’m a curious sort and like to know who did it before I finish reading.”
The Blood Spangled Banner is the first in the First Ladies Mystery Series. The next book will feature Mary Lincoln: Words Can Kill that should be available in late summer or early September.
Ms. Schlichting has been married for forty-four years and has two grown sons, five grandchildren and one great grandson.