4 arts and entertainment happenings you should know about for the week of May 13

A round up of arts and entertainment news in the region

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Photography by Michael Bogert, of Grand Forks, will be featured in a gallery exhbition, "Take a Walk with Us," at the ArtWise Gallery and Creation Space in the Columbia Mall center court.

GRAND FORKS – An exhibit of ceramic artwork by Mary Bauer and photography by Michael Bogert opened Thursday, May 12, in the ArtWise Gallery and Creation Space in the center court at the Columbia Mall.

The gallery exhibition, titled “Take a Walk with Us,” will continue through June 24.

Bauer, a Grand Forks ceramic artist, calls her collection “Words and Clay." She is a retired teacher whose educational background is in English, with a focus on literature.

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Mary Bauer's ceramic artwork will be displayed in the ArtWise Gallery and Creation Space in the Columbia Mall center court through June 24.

Creating functional and sculptural clay works, “her whimsical sculptures feature women responding to culture, literature or language,” said Rita Haag, ArtWise executive director. “Their titles often portray a play on words enacted by the piece.”

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Grand Forks artist Mary Bauer is known for her functional and sculptural artwork. This is a piece she's titled "Wooden Wings".

About her artwork, Bauer said, “I have always thought work with words or clay seems ironically similar — flexible, creative, moveable. Even after words are printed, and clay fired and fixed — both are still open to a host of ‘readings’ ”.


The work of Bogert, a Grand Forks freelance photographer, features images with rural and urban themes — photos captured in North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, Michigan and Minnesota. The photos represent the “simplicities and complexities of American landscapes — all with their own beauty,” he said in a news release.

Exhibition hours are: Tuesday-Friday, 1-6 p.m. and Saturday, noon-4 p.m.

For more information, visit or send an email to .

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Michael Bogert's photographs, including "An Old Friend," will be on display at the ArtWise Gallery and Creation Space at the Columbia Mall center court through June 24.

Fire Hall Theatre to present ‘Mamma Mia’

Tickets are on sale for the Fire Hall Theatre’s production of “Mamma Mia,” which opens May 19 and continues through June 5.

With music by ABBA, “Mamma Mia” tells the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her biological father, said Amy Driscoll, the theatre’s executive director. “This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise.

The show is directed and choreographed by Emily Wirkus of the UND Theatre Arts Department.

Cast members are: Stevee Wittlieb, Piper Sommer, Cathleen Norton, Aliah Soerens, Amy Driscoll, Amy Lyste, Veronica Lee Folkedahl, Lexi Conwell, Dylan Merritt, Brigitte Froslee, Robert Cooper, Tyler Hebert, Otto Lieder, Matt Stavens, Laura Gerla, Hilaree Glen, Sara Ramos Letexier and Alex Rice.


The crew includes Kyle Mason, music director; Alex Rice, stage manager; Todd Aleshire, set construction; Amy Lyste, costume and set design; and Pat Reading, lighting design.

Showtimes and dates are: 7:30 p.m. May 19-21, May 24-26 and June 2-4. Matinees at 2 p.m. are planned for May 22 and June 5.

Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (701) 746-0847. They also can be purchased at the door, depending on availability.

Young Professionals to host ‘Art See’ at Museum of Art

The Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals will host a public event, “Art See,” from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 20 at the North Dakota Museum of Art on the UND campus.

Art created by 10 regional artists will be displayed and available for sale, said Sam Jenson, GGFYP executive director.

Admission is free. Each guest will be registered for a chance to win various art pieces that have been donated by the artists, Jenson said. Guests may also purchase additional tickets to help their chances of winning.

A wide range of artwork will be available for sale, including landscape paintings, ceramics, mixed media artwork and photography.

Participating artists are: Faith Quintana, Becca Cruger, Michele Gorres, Jessica Woods, Al Boucher, Emily LaMaide, Grant McMillan, Deanna Rose, Senta Lauren and Nick Urlaub.


For more information, email Jenson at .

Thursday Music Club announces scholarship recipients

The Thursday Music Club of Greater Grand Forks has announced the recipients of scholarships to attend the International Music Camp this summer at the Peace Gardens in north-central North Dakota.

Each of the eight scholarship winners receives $600 to attend the camp. They are: Vedant Srivastava, Jazz Band, Schroeder Middle School; Gretta Pratt, violin, home school; Keira Irving and Lacy Wittmayer, both flute, Grand Forks Central High School; Ellen Berry, voice, Grand Forks Central High School; Gracie Welsh, violin, Valley Middle School; James Smith, viola, Schroeder Middle School; and Summer Smith, Jazz Band, Grand Forks Central High School.

Since 2008, the Thursday Music Club has awarded more than $99,000 in scholarships, according to Donna Bott, club member. The scholarships are funded mainly from proceeds from the club’s annual Christmas concert and from individual donors.

Thief River Falls’ Nordic Fest begins Saturday with ‘Uff Da Day’

The Nordic Fest, sponsored by Snorre Lodge of the Sons of Norway, begins Saturday, May 14, with “Uff Da Day” at the Pioneer Village.

Activities, which are planned for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., include Viking reenactments, a lefse demonstration, Norwegian foods and more, organizers say.

Admission is $3 per person.

Scandinavian countries’ flags will be flying throughout downtown during Nordic Fest, which runs through May 28.


The Nordic Fest continues Monday, May 16 with a World War II film showing of “The Twelfth Man” at 7 p.m. at the Northland Community and Technical College auditorium. It’s the true story of Jan Baalsrud, one of the 12 Norwegian resistance fighters sent, in 1943, from England to sabotage German airfields and installations in Nazi-occupied northern Norway.

On Tuesday, May 17, local restaurants and Hugo’s grocery store will serve potet klub.

The Cathy Erickson Band will play for an Old Time Dance from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the Eagles Hall. Lunch will be served. Admission is $7.50.

For more information on Nordic Fest events, go to .


Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at or (701) 780-1107.
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