Area Voices

The culture was lost. Everybody had short hair.  Nobody was speaking in Ojibwe but, you know, the culture wasn't lost because people were still fishing and ricing and hunting and living within extended families. And so... all the meaningful native culture stuff you can't... destroy. - Michael Lyons referring to the time his grandfather fled boarding school and returned to Bena.

I really liked singing more than guitar but it was a great way to accompany myself.  It allowed me to sing... so that was really drew me to the guitar. 

The Watermark Art Center in Bemidji is hosting the 15th annual It's Only Clay curated exhibit now thru December.  This juried ceramics show includes pieces from artists across the country.  Area Voices producer Katie Carter got the inside scoop of what goes into jurying a show when she spoke with Marion Angelica, the Minneapolis-based ceramics artist who was tasked with pouring through submissions and ultimately deciding what pieces made the final cut. 

Every first Friday of the month we connect with Betty First from the Ely Folk School.  She fills us in on the upcoming classes and happenings at the folk school.  Blacksmithing, jewelry making, needle felting, and even spinning are some of the classes offered in October

MacRostie Art Center

Every first Friday of the month, we check in with Katie Marshall, the Executive Director of the MacRostie Art Center.  She filled us in on the first Friday events in Grand Rapids this past Friday.  She also shared some of the many happenings coinciding with the Rural Arts and Culture Summit that happened this past weekend in Grand Rapids.  People from 26 states converged on Grand Rapids for the event which delved into so many aspects of art - from marketing for artists to the economic importance of the arts in rural communities