Pine to Prairie Annual Fiber Arts Trail Exhibit and Tour

April - May, 2019

 

Open studios, exhibits, workshops and shopping!

· Felt vessel by Patty Lovegreen ·

CROSSING CULTURES • FIBER ART TOUR

Bemidji, Minnesota

Trail Member Exhibit • April 5 – May 28, 2019

Our popular Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Member Exhibit returns for its third year. The opening reception is on the First Friday Art Walk, April 5, 2019 from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Wild Hare Bistro at  323 Minnesota Ave NW in downtown Bemidji, MN.

This annual exhibit showcases basketry • handwoven tapestry art • knitting • hand-dyed yarn • linen wovens • wool blankets • wool applique quilting • hand embroidery • sculptural basketry • mixed media • knotting • needle-felting • wet felting & more.

On the Trail in April 

April 6 – 7, 2019

Falling Leaves Basket Class taught by Eve Sumsky $35
Stackable Cavandoli Bracelet Class taught by Karen-lisa Forbes $35
Rustic Woven Vase w/Wood Base taught by Shannon Lucas Westrum $28

April 26 – 27, 2019

10:00 – 4:00 p.m. both days

At Watermark Art Center:
Needle Felt Bear Project Class taught by Patty Lovegreen $20 – FULL
Patty Lovegreen Fiber Arts Trunk Show
Minogwaasowag – They Stitch Well Exhibit in Miikanan Gallery
At Northwest Indian Community Development Center:
Carrie Jessen & Kristin Majkrzak traditional & tapestry weaving demos
Native American textile arts
Willow Wood Market Design Studio w/Bonnie Lundorff, Alainn Yarns &  Peg Loom Weaving demos with Aliza Novacek Olson
Forbes Studios w/ Karen Forbes, Eve Sumsky & Shannon Lucas-Westrum

Trail Tour Guide

· Hand-dyed yarn by Alainn Yarns ·

TOUR LOCATIONS

April 26 – 27, 2019

BEMIDJI

Trail Stop #1: WILD HARE BISTRO

Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Member Show
323 Minnesota Ave NW Bemidji, MN 56601

Trail Stop #2: WATERMARK ART CENTER

Patty Lovegreen, Pine to Prairie Guest Artist
Miikanan Gallery Exhibit – Minogwaasowag – They Stitch Well
Nancy Kingbird and Artist Rick Kagigebi, Exhibiting Artists
505 Bemidji Ave Bemidji, MN 56601

Trail Stop #3: NORTHWEST INDIAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Carrie Jessen, Bear Den Handwovens
Kristin Majkrzak, Two Eyes Weaver
Ziigwan – It is Spring Native American Community Artists Market and artist demonstrations
1819 Bemidji Ave Bemidji, MN 56601

Trail Stop #4: FORBES STUDIOS

Karen-lisa Forbes, Cavandoli Knotting
Eve Sumsky, Eve’s Weaves Basketry
Shannon Lucas-Westrum, Sculptural Basketry
9611 Foxcroft Rd NW Bemidji, MN 56601

Trail Stop #5: WILLOW WOOD MARKET DESIGNS

Bonnie Lundorff
Alainn Yarns (stock only)
Aliza Novacek Olson
23621 County Road 9 (south of Bemidji) Bemidji, MN 56601

TRAIL STOP #1 Wild Hare Bistro

WILD HARE BISTRO
Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Member Show

TRAIL STOP #2 Watermark Art Center

TRAIL STOP #2 WATERMARK ART CENTER

Patty Lovegreen, Weaver, Felt Maker and Pine to Prairie Guest Artist

Miikanan Gallery Exhibit, Minogwaasowag – They Stitch Well  featuring the work of two gifted artists, Nancy Kingbird and Rick Kagigebi.

TRAIL STOP #3 Northwest Indian Community Development Center

TRAIL STOP #3: NORTHWEST INDIAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Carrie Jessen, Bear Den Handwovens
Kristin Majkrzak, Two Eyes Weaver
Native American Community Artists
1819 Bemidji Ave Bemidji, MN 56601

TRAIL STOP #4 Forbes Studio

TRAIL STOP # 4 FORBES STUDIOS
Karen-lisa Forbes, Cavandoli Knotting
Eve Sumsky, Eve’s Weaves Basketry
Shannon Lucas-Westrum, Sculptural Basketry
9611 Foxcroft Rd NW Bemidji, MN 56601

TRAIL STOP #5 Willow Wood Market Design

TRAIL STOP #5 Directions to WIllow Wood Market Designs

  • Take HWY 71 South out of Bemidji across US Hwy 2. Keep going south until you come to County Road 9. You will be in Hubbard County. Bemidji is is Beltrami County. Watch Google maps as it takes people north of Bemidji.
  • When you get to County Road 9, take a right (or go west). Drive about 1/4 mile and Willow Wood Market is on your left.

PLEASE NOTE:

Google Maps is inaccurate for Willow Wood Market Designs. The studio is on the west side of US Hwy 71, not the east side as shown on this map. 

EXHIBITS and TRUNK SHOW

Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Member Exhibit

April 5 – May 28, 2019

Our popular Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Member Exhibit returns for its third year.

The opening reception is on the First Friday Art Walk, April 5, 2019 from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. This annual exhibit showcases basketry • handwoven tapestry art • knitting • hand-dyed yarn • linen wovens • wool blankets • wool applique quilting • hand embroidery • sculptural basketry • mixed media • knotting • needle-felting • wet felting & more.

Participating members include Stephanie Showalter, Carrie Jessen, Kristin Majkrzak, Eve Sumsky, Shannon Lucas-Westrum, Karen-lisa Forbes, Patty Lovegreen and Bonnie Lundorff.

Address: Wild Hare Bistro 323 Minnesota Ave NW Bemidji, MN 56601

Find out more: 

Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Member Exhibit

Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail

Minogwaasowag – They Stitch Well

April 5 – June 22, 2019

Minogwaasowag – They Stitch Well  features the work of two gifted artists. Beading artist Nancy Kingbird is known for her distinct designs, which bring a spiritual voice to every pattern. Rick Kagigebi is a blanket maker and gifted storyteller who speaks through textile and thread. Though different in nature, both artists share threads of connection in their distinct Ojibwe cultural vernacular, which is both contemporary and ephemeral. 
 
Both Nancy and Rick will be on hand during the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Tour.
 

Address: 505 Bemidji Ave N Bemidji, MN 56601

Find out more: Watermark Art Center

Minogwaasowag – They Stitch Well

Miikanan Gallery

Nancy Kingbird Beadwork Demonstration

April 27, 2019 11:00 – 4:00 p.m.

During the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trails Tour, guest artist, Nancy Kingbird, will present bead-work demonstrations on and off throughout the day at Watermark Art Center. 

Address: 505 Bemidji Ave N Bemidji, MN 56601

Find out more: Nancy Kingbird Demo

Nancy Kingbird Beadwork Demonstration

Miikanan Gallery

Patty Lovegreen Trunk Show

April 26, 2019 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Patty Lovegreen, an accomplished weaver, spinner and felt maker, will have a Trunk Show at Watermark Art Center featuring her latest work. Patty works in bold, fresh colors that enliven the spirit. She works improvisationally, creating whimsical, eclectic pieces that can be used in everyday life. Embellishment is central to Patty’s work, bringing out the joy she shares through her artistic pieces. She will have many items for sale. See below for a sample of Patty’s work.

 

Address: 505 Bemidji Ave N Bemidji, MN 56601

Patty Lovegreen Trunk Show at Watermark Art Center

Watermark Art Center

ON THE TRAIL 

Ziigwan — It Is Spring

Ziigwan (It Is Spring) activities planned for visitors to Northwest Indian Community Development Center include Earth Day demonstrations, agricultural information booths, small make and take activities for adults and children and a vendor market.

Earth Day demonstrations include ‘Red-Wiggler Composting’ with Katelyn Meyer, ‘Making Your Own Laundry Soap’ with Rachel Hill, and ‘Recycling’ with Sarah Headbird. Information booths include the ‘Heritage Bean Project’, ‘Growing Mushrooms’ with Matt Ratliff, ‘Tobacco Seeds’ with Emily Anite, ‘Invasive Plant Species’ and ‘Honey and How to Raise Honey Bees’ with Les Hiltz.

The vendor marketplace at NWICDC will feature items made by Sara Pemberton, Dee Croaker, Vickey Fineday, Jonie Johnson, Tana Morgan, Share Lussier, Flora Jones and Sadie Allen. Sadie will host a birch bark quilling demonstration on Saturday from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Deanna Robinson from White Earth will demonstrate black ash basketry on Saturday.

Adult and children’s activities include ‘Make Your Own Choker’ with Kenn Mitchell, felt make and take projects with Jane Carlstrom and needle felt and felt applique projects with Sharon Nordum.

Lunch will be served both days. The menu includes sloppy joes, beans and chips. $5.00.

Ziigwan -- It Is Spring

Northwest Indian Community Development Center

Tapestry and Loom Weaving Demos at NWICDC

April 26 – 27, 2019

Carrie Jessen, a floor loom weaver, and Kristin Majkrzak, a tapestry weaver, will set up booths at Northwest Indian Community Development Center for visitors to see their weaving techniques. Both accomplished weavers, Carrie and Kristin will have finished tapestries, linen towels and wool blankets for sale. They will be joined by fiber artists from the Native American community in the Bemidji area.

Address: 1819 Bemidji Rd N Bemidji, MN 56601

Tapestry and Loom Weaving Demos at NWICDC

Carrie Jessen, Kristin Majkrzak, NWICDC Community Members

Willow Wood Market Designs

Open April 26 – 27, 2019 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Join Bonnie in her wool and quilt studio in the piney wood of northern Minnesota. You’ll be delighted by her pattern designs, fabric, hand-dyed wool and all manner of supplies for sale!

Crazy Quilt Make and Take Saturday, April 27, 2019

Bonnie will offer a Crazy Quilt Make ‘n’ Take project for Trail visitors. Learn how easy it is to “piece” with wool as you create a small crazy quilt heart or square that can be embellished and made into a lapel pin or a pin cushion. FREE.

Rug Hooking with the Oxford Rug Punch Tool

The Oxford Rug Punch tool is a simple way to create traditional rug hooked projects. See beautiful samples and learn just how easy it is to work with.

Peg Loom Weaving Demonstration Friday, April 26, 2019

Watch Aliza Novecek Olson demonstrate Peg Loom Weaving. It’s a wonderfully simple technique for beginners as well as experienced weavers. Join us for hands on demonstrations using wool strips, yarn and roving and the peg loom.

Shop Alainn Yarns at Willow Wood Market

Come and see some of Stephanie Showalter’s travel-inspired, hand-dyed yarn.

Address: 23621 Co Rd 9 Bemidji, MN 56601 Please note, the address is south of Bemidji just west of US Hwy 71.

Find out more: Willow Wood Market Designs

Willow Wood Market Designs

Willow Wood Market Designs

Karen Forbes Studio

April 26 – 27, 2019

Best described as organic in nature my style falls under the category of Impressionist/Abstractionism; I prefer a less fancy title of “knotted nature looking stuff.” My knotting is often mistaken for beadwork because the knots are so small and so close together.  Inspiration for my designs comes from a deep love of the natural world in Northern Minnesota. 

Address: 9611 Foxcroft Road NW Bemidji, MN 56601

Karen Forbes, Cavandoli Knotting

Forbes Studio

Shannon Lucas-Westrum

April 26 – 27, 2019

The best way to describe my weaving is as Art Basketry. Each piece is designed to be organic and free flowing. I take my inspiration in the form of a focal point – a handle, antler, piece of driftwood, and sometimes a handful of glass beads, and create my shape to include and compliment that inspiration. Ribbed baskets are amazingly versatile in form and suitability to flowing curves, while stake and strand is my preference when I am looking for more geometric shapes. My work ranges from useful everyday baskets to sculptural wall art.

Address: 9611 Foxcroft Road NW Bemidji, MN 56601

Shannon Lucas-Westrum, Basketry

Forbes Studio

Eve Sumsky

April 26 – 27, 2019

One thing that’s important to Eve Sumsky is 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.

 

Address: 9611 Foxcroft Road NW Bemidji, MN 56601

Eve Sumsky, Basketry

Forbes Studio

Tour the Trail and talk with the makers.

· Basket by Eve Sumsky ·

Visit the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail!

Thinking about a visit to the Bemidji area?

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 Please remember to contact Trail members prior to your visit!

A special thanks to Cindy and Visit Bemidji for all her suggestions and promotional assistance. Thank you Cindy!! Visit Bemidji

Contact Us

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The mission of Midwest Fiber Arts Trails is to honor the Midwest’s rich textile heritage and celebrate and promote the work of contemporary fiber artists.

Address: 229 Minnetonka Ave S #181 Wayzata, MN 55391 • Phone : 612.961.1601 • Email: jennifer@fiberartalmanac.com

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