Welcome to Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts TrailFind your creative spirit where the pines meet the prairie!
Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Weekend General Info
April 21 – 22, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. both days
Bemidji – Solway – Turtle River – Tenstrike, Minnesota
‘First City’ of the Headwaters
The word ‘headwaters’ is used a lot around here. Heading north and west out of Itasca before curling around in an easterly fashion, the Mississippi River flows through Lake Bemidji, giving Bemidjians an honest right to call their home the ‘First City’ on the river.
As much as this group of textile artists value self-reliance, they are also very collaborative. If they want to get something moving, they pick up the phone and make the call. The supportive arts community in the northern tier has a low barrier for putting good ideas in motion, so it’s no wonder the region is a dynamic fabric of talent.
Diverse Ecosystems and Peoples
The diverse ecosystems, of which there are three in the Bemidji area, connect the land to the people. The ancient hills give way to vistas that just fifty miles to the east, wouldn’t have seemed possible. Bemidji rides the Laurentian Divide up on the northern tier in northwest Minnesota and is known for its iconic black and red lumberjack shirts and legendary Minnesota lore.
The diverse culture in this area has a long history of indigenous peoples, voyageurs, settlers and pioneers. Commonalities include a sacred connection to the land and a strong sense of self-reliance. The textile consciousness in this region shares those values, too. More than once the phrase, “repurposing into an art form” came up in conversation around the table. Intentional sustainability restores and keeps people grounded while it also inspires innovation in northern Minnesota fiber traditions.
We welcome you to find your own creative spirit where the pines meet the prairie!
Save the Date! 2nd Annual Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Weekend in Northwest Minnesota!
Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Featured Sponsor!
Thank you to Paul Bunyan Communications
For their support of the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Spring, 2017 Studio Tour and for supporting community-based artists in Northern Minnesota!
Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Featured Exhibit Host!
Thank you, Wild Hare Bistro & Coffeehouse!
It is through your generous efforts hosting artists in Bemidji, that Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail will have a month-long exhibit featuring members’ work in April, 2017. We look forward to showcasing our work in your space!
During the month of April, be sure to watch the calendar as Pine to Prairie artists are planning ‘Pop-Up’ Studios at Wild Hare when you can talk with the artist and watch them work.
Wild Hare Bistro is the location for our Artist Reception on Friday, April 21, 2017. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tressa Sularz’ Textile Artist Keynote Artist Talk begins at Headwaters School of Music (right next door) at 7:00 p.m. Wild Hare
While you’re here for the weekend, be sure to see the beautifully restored railroad depot in downtown Bemidji. BCHS has an on-going exhibit called “Baskets and Beads: Weaving Traditions” that features Ojibwe wicker and sweetgrass baskets, cedar bark mats, beaded bags, Wakashan (Nootka/Makah – Northwest Coast ) trinket baskets, Hupa ( California ) woven hats, Paiute (Plains) beaded baskets, and more! Hours: Noon – 4 p.m. Admission fee to the museum. Beltrami County Historical Society
Bemidji Woolen Mill Tours!
Bemidji Woolen Mills made the iconic red and black buffalo plaid lumberjack shirt famous. Almost 100 years old, the woolen mill has been a cornerstone to the community and is now in the hands of the 4th generation of the Batchelder family.
During the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Weekend, Bemidji Woolen Mills is offering two special tour times led by Bill Batchelder. Friday, April 21, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. No need for reservation. Please arrive 15 minutes early for the tour. Bemidji Woolen Mill
A special thanks to Cindy and Visit Bemidji for all her suggestions and promotional assistance. Thank you Cindy!! Visit Bemidji
Tressa Sularz gives Keynote Textile Talk for 2nd Annual Fiber Arts Weekend
“Dancing My Way Home”
April 21, 2017
“Dancing My Way Home”
While Tressa’s work has always been organically intertwined with her life; her new work embodies a transition in her life as she mindfully and creatively faced many challenges. Her work reflects movement and transitions – from curving forms suggesting movement, embellished with earthly stones suggesting timelessness to cocoons reflecting on a time of stillness and inwardness with eventual rejuvenation. Leaving behind rattan baskets, she began to work with new techniques and materials which also transformed the scale of her work. The artist found herself dancing toward the top of life again. Local and visiting fiber enthusiasts will be inspired from her experiences as they seek meaningful connections between their experiences and their own creative expression.
Keynote Talk Info:
Location: Headwaters School of Music 519 Minnesota Ave NW Bemidji, MN 53901
Date and Time: Friday, April 21, 2017 Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Reception: Artist Reception 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Keynote Talk: 7:00 p.m. with follow up discussion until 9:00 p.m.
Tressa Sularz Artist Bio:
Tressa is a fiber artist living and working in her home studio in Northeast Minneapolis, Minnesota. She enjoys the challenge of manipulating these soft materials into a form, as shaping has always been a strength in various artwork she’s created. She has over 36 published designs reflecting her own unique style. Tressa’s work is seen in “Beyond Basketry”, Billie Ruth Sudduth’s book “Baskets: A Book for Makers and Collectors”, “Fiberarts Design Book 7”, “500 Baskets”, “All Things Considered VIII”. She is a featured artist in the National Basketry Organization Quarterly Review, Fall 2015. Three of her pieces are in the permanent collection of the Goldstein Gallery, University of Minnesota, and other private collections. She teaches at art centers, national basketry conferences, and similar venues, including guilds and other art related organizations.
Charm Basket Necklace Workshop
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Concordia Language Camp
Tress Sularz, Instructor
In this workshop you’ll learn how to make a miniature vessel using a knotless netting technique. This technique of repetitive stitching offers a very relaxing process that is also very portable. We’ll be using waxed linen. A three or four-strand braid will finish off the neckpiece nicely. I made my first charm basket necklace over 20 years ago, and it is as fresh as the day it was made.
Bring a sharp small scissors. Instructor will furnish all materials for your Charm Basket Necklace. Class Fee: $55.00 All levels of experience welcome.
Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Weekend ActivitiesOpen Studios, textile artist keynote talk, demos, classes & more!
Bemidji Studios and Shops
Willow Wood Market Designs
Eighteen years ago, Bonnie Lundorff set up shop. Willow Wood Market Designs is part quilt shop, part gathering place for small groups or really big get-togethers such as when Bonnie hosts her Harvest Festival that welcomes 1000s each September. Bonnie’s love of teaching and inspiring her customers/students to make their project their own follow Bonnie’s desire to teach and instill a love of quilting and stitching to all without judgement . Bonnie offers her own quilt applique patterns using various types of hand and commercially dyed wool. Bonnie’s shop is located just off US Hwy 71 on Hubbard County Rd 9 just south of Bemidji. Please note: on some Google maps, the directions will take you north of Bemidji. Bonnie’s shop is on the county line between Hubbard and Beltrami Counties, south of Bemidji.
During the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Weekend, Bonnie is focusing on rug hooking. She will have a fun activity for fiber enthusiasts who would like to express their own creativity!
Location: 23621 Hubbard County Road 9, Bemidji, Minnesota 56601
Fiber and Mixed Media Artist
For over ten years, Karen has worked in textiles and fiber focusing on needle arts, quilt making, surface design, weaving, mixed media and knitting. Karen is currently Program Director of Watermark Art Center’s new initiative to establish a Native American Art Gallery.
Creative Medias – Traditional and Contemporary — Karen is a skilled seamstress who designs and creates unique hand quilted Star Quilts. She also uses mixed media focusing on meaningful incorporation of traditional motif and stories into contemporary works of art.
Recent Major Exhibitions 2016- Emerging Vision Juried group Exhibition -Plains Art Museum Fargo, ND 2015 Not Vanishing Contemporary Expressions In Indigenous Art– Group Exhibition Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner WA 2014 Debwe – Solo Exhibition -Missoula Art Museum, Missoula MT 2013-2015 Changing Hands Art Without Reservation 3– Juried International Group Exhibition.
During the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Weekend, Karen will have work exhibited at Watermark Art Center and is coordinating a class in Native American quillwork and birchbark. Look for more details on this!
Location: 516 Beltrami Ave, Bemidji, Minnesota 56601
Watermark Art Center
Art Center, Gallery, Artist Studios and Shop
Watermark Art Center is the center piece of arts in the Bemidji area. Executive Director Lori Forshee-Donnay is a trail supporter, offering a place to hold events, artists and marketing support. They recently launched a successful capital campaign and are presently renovating their building at 505 Bemidji Ave in Bemidji. Their plans include a renovation of the one story building that will include multiple gallery spaces, art center shop, meeting space and great parking! We look forward to working with Lori, not only because she’s a knitter, but because the non-profit is a landmark supporter of arts in Bemidji.
Location: 516 Beltrami Ave, Bemidji, MN 56601
Two Eyes Weaving Studio
When asked ‘what about medium of fiber appeals to you’, Weaver Kristin Majkrzak replied texture, color and the way light bounces off fiber. It has a dimensionality other mediums don’t have. Tapestry weaving is Kristin’s first love because the limitations of the warp grid encourage creativity the way form does in poetry. Taking daily walks provides Kristin with an endless amount of source material from the natural world’s own geometry, color combinations, shape and illusions. Kristin’s studio is located in downtown Bemidji.
During the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Weekend, Kristin will have three types of looms set up. A floor loom, an inkle loom and a tapestry loom. Visitors are welcome to try weaving on any of the looms. Kristin will also have woven scarves and woven art for sale.
Location: 504 Beltrami Ave, Bemidji, Minnesota 56601
Throughout her life Karen has worked extensively with many types of fiber – knitting, hand-spinning with drop spindles and spinning wheel, Hardanger embroidery, pine needle basketry, quilting, finger weaving and fabric post cards. While she has loved each of these disciplines none truly captured her heart. After that first knotting class everything changed. Cavandoli knotting is Karen’s art form.
During the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Weekend, Karen-lisa will demonstrates knotting and offer an opportunity for studio visitors to tie knots! As you can see by the image, Karen-lisa will have knotted jewelry and fine art for sale. Please note, visitors with limited mobility are encouraged to park right next to the garage for same level access to Karen’s studio.
Location: 9611 Foxcroft Road NW, Bemidji, MN.
Bear Den Handwovens
Carrie Jessen weaves (and sells) large blankets using the colors and traditional and colonial weave structures that were often used during the 18th and 19th centuries. She and her husband enjoy history and participate in fur trade reenactments, so this time period manifests itself in Carrie’s work quite often, but not all the time. Carrie enjoys the anticipation of starting new project, see it develop on the loom and then see the completed piece after it has been fulled. (This area has history of voyageur settlements near Lake Bemidji dating back to the mid 1700’s.)
During the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Weekend, visit Carrie in her studio where she has two large floor looms set up. Carrie will share the history behind the blankets whe weaves and will have blankets for sale.
Location: 3360 Centerline Road Solway, Minnesota 56678 Please note: Carrie’s studio is located south of US Hwy 2 on Centerline Road. It’s on the left as you’re driving south.
Weaver and Felt Maker
Patty Lovegreen is a weaver, felt maker and bead worker. Contemporary design in weaving and tapestry using color and texture to describe a moment in time. Her work is available through the Minnesota Weavers Guild, Living Felt Magazine, Gallery North in Bemidji and Watermark Art Center shop.
During the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Weekend, Patty will share studio space with Carrie Jessen. Patty will demonstrate her work and will have weaving and felted pieces for sale.
Location: 3360 Centerline Road Solway, Minnesota 56678. Please note, the studio location is south of US Hwy 2 on Centerline Road. As you drive south, it will be on your left.
Keila McCracken, who is from Bemidji, went to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and upon graduation came back with a clear dream of making her mark. Focusing her fashion and design efforts on sustainability, Keila uses fiber resources that are native to the area. Wool and alpaca from local herds, eco-dyeing with native plant material and fashion design that outfits the local culture and keeping the weather in mind; which plays a big role in what people wear around here! Keila started the Northern Minnesota Fibershed project for people to use as a resource of best practices by local farmers and people who are interested in sustainability and replenishment. Keila also launched a successful KickStarter campaign to bring a Hattersley Loom to Bemidji from Scotland. Keila plans to use the loom to weave fabric which she will use in her clothing design.
During the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Weekend, Bare Cloth hosts its official Grand Opening! Bare Cloth will be hosting a Trail Tree Weave in Turtle River. Stop by to learn about the Hattersley loom, sustainable wardrobes and participate in the Tree Weave! Two trees have been warped in preparation for you to come and weave yarn and fabric into this community art piece. Take a picture of your work or yourself by the tree, post it to social media and follow the trails hashtag to see the weave evolve over the weekend! This tree weave will be kept up for at least a year, welcoming visitors to Bare Cloth and holding the stories of all of the visitors that participated during the Pine To Prairie 2017 trail!
Location: 364 Main Ave Turtle River, Minnesota 56601
Basket weaver, maker of small woven jewelry
One thing that always seemed important to Eve Sumsky is that the item should have a use or a purpose. Basket weaving makes a great deal of sense to Eve as it gives her the opportunity to create something not only beautiful but that can be used. As a basket weaver Eve enjoys exploring the different techniques of weaving, the variety of materials that can be used, and the old styles of baskets made in the past. From this she can create containers that fit my goal of beauty and usefulness. The more Eve weaves and masters her craft in the traditional styles and techniques of basketry, the easier it becomes for her to let creativity take over and weave ‘new’ baskets using the old ways.
During the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Weekend, Eve will have baskets for sale and a work-in-progress piece for visitors who would like to give basket weaving a try!
Location: 481 Lake Ave NW Tenstrike, Minnesota 56683