Area Voices

Kristen Anderson is passionate about art's connection with the scientific world.  On her Instagram page she says she connects environmental science and ecological wonders to people thru art.

Four years ago, Lakeland Public Television(LPTV) revived a beloved music program that aired decades ago.  Backroads showcases northern Minnesota musicians and has become somewhat of an Austin City Limits of the northland.  Each September, LPTV schedules a week's worth of concerts complete with live audiences.  Beginning in November, those concerts and backstage interviews with the artists begin airing on LPTV as th

This morning we had the chance to meet and talk with MN artist Nicole Camene.  Listen to our conversation and read a little more about her work to create a temporary public art installation at the new Grand Rapids pedestrian bridge, just in time for the Rural Arts and Culture Summit coming up October 3-5th, put on by Springboard for the Arts.  Check out the

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Every First Friday, Area Voices Producer Katie Carter digs around to find out what art events are going on around the region, Today she hooked us up with happenings in Cook, Bigfork, Brainerd, Park Rapids and Bemidji! 

Every First Friday we connect with Betty Firth from the Ely Folk School.  She lets us in on the upcoming classes and events in Ely and at the Folk School.  This month is full of cool stuff... including a class today where you can learn how to make a fish leather wallet and later in month a class on bent willow chair making!  Go to the Ely Folk School website for a full listing of upcoming courses! 

Every First Friday of the month, we check in with Katie Marshall, Executive Director of the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids.

The Beltrami County Historical Society will host the second annual melodrama fundraiser Thursday, August 29th at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds.  Local actors will bring exaggerated drama and over the top characters to "Round House Nellie, He Can't Catch You There" and a play written by Bemidji-based author and playwright Roy C. Booth, "Grandpa Jim is Dead."   Beltrami County Historical Society Executive Director Gary Rozman stopped by the morning show to tell us about the event and the appeal of melodramas. 

"When we go to the bluegrass festivals, there's... jam rooms you can just go into... I kind of love just going into a group of people playing music and having no idea what they're playing and then just trying to play with them...It either works out or it doesn't... I just love the vibe and all that..." - Sawyer Corcoran, 11.

"Theater... helps me find who I am.  It has given me confidence in myself." - Charlotte Saxton 

"I do a lot of mental snapshots.  I'll look up, see something, go back down and paint it and try to capture them that gets more expressive the faster I go, I find.  And then I don't think as much.  I just go with more of the feeling and try to get those brush strokes just as fast as I can on there...that's when cool things really happen." - Nate Luetgers on live-painting bands.