Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail
Bemidji – Solway – Turtle River – Tenstrike, MN
Woven wool blanket by Carrie Jessen
Welcome to the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail
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. 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 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 our table. Intentional sustainability restores and keeps people grounded while it also inspires innovation in northern Minnesota fiber traditions.
Pine to Prairie Trail Member Gallery
Visit the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail!
Thinking about a visit to the Bemidji area?
In addition to visiting the Pine to Prairie Trail members, here are some places that top my list:
- Miikanan Gallery at Watermark Art Center
- Sculpture Art Walk in downtown Bemidji
- Paul Bunyan Bike Trail
- Lake Bemidji State Park
- Beltrami County Historical Society
- Bemidji Woolen Mill
- Wild Hare Bistro
- Minnesota Nice Cafe
- Lady Slipper Scenic Byway
Please remember to contact Trail members prior to your visit!