First Friday

Every first Friday of the month Bemidji gets out on the town to support local art and the local businesses that put it on display. This tradition is known as First Friday Art Walk, and we are pleased to take part! Here at Headwaters we display art and  host the Headwaters Open-Mic CoffeeHouse.

As a part of the First Friday Art Walk Headwaters Music & Arts puts music and art on display - you are welcome to take part! If you are a visual artist with work to  put  on display you are invited to apply. Read more 

Are you interested in Exhibiting at Headwaters? 

Headwaters' invites artists who are interested in displaying their work on our recital hall and exhibit space. Applications are reviewed by Headwaters staff; there is no cost to apply or participate.

Exhibits are hung by the artist, you are expected to have a knowledge of how to hang your art in an aesthetic manner. Artists who exhibit their work at Headwaters are expected set up as well as to pack up their exhibit during the agreed upon time frame, and to take part in the First Friday Art Walk exhibit opening during their designated month. If your work will be for sale to the public, Headwaters will process any sales and retain 20% of proceeds. The artist is responsible for any packing or shipping of artwork for customers. We can provide pedestals and minimal tools / assistance, but you are asked to come prepared. The work is generally hung for a month (this may vary), be sure to stay in good communication to discuss options. Headwaters will post about the event on our website and on Facebook, as well as create marketing materials. Your involvement in promoting your exhibit is greatly appreciated, and helps insure the success of this program.


Headwaters Music & Arts will host the curated exhibit Herstory: Celebrating Women’s History Month during the month of March. The exhibit, curated by local artist Paul Swenson, celebrates women and women artists in particular.

March was declared National Woman’s History Month in 1987 and since then has been a time to celebrate individual women of historical importance, groups of women of historical importance, and women in general and their importance in history. Swenson says of the exhibit “Women have generally been written out of history and when mentioned are usually  portrayed in stereotypical roles. With this exhibit we celebrate women and women artists in particular.” The exhibit will feature art from thirteen local artists.

The public is invited to the First Friday opening reception from 4 to 6 pm on March 2nd, there is no cost to attend. The exhibit will be up for the month of March.

Headwaters Music & Arts will host the artwork of Kathleen Jones for the month of April. Her show, Oil Landscapes, will be on display in the Recital Hall with an opening reception April 6th.

Jones is an oil painter who works mainly with water based oils. She attempts to capture the spirit and beauty of nature using rich color, texture, and form. Relying on memory and intuition she recreates experiences on the canvas, exploring the mystery of what lies in the shadows, through the mist, beyond the trees, or just below the waters surface. The exhibit is a trek through the northern landscape in the form of the oil on canvas.

The public is invited to meet the artist at an opening reception from 4 to 6 pm, there is no cost to attend and all ages are welcome.