Area Voices

On the first Friday of every month, we connect with three women around the listening area who help us discover the arts and cultural happenings across the KAXE/KBXE region.

Shawn Kiefer and Parker Bruns will compete in the USA Special Olympics July 1st thru 6th in Seattle, Washington.   Shawn stopped by the KBXE studio to chat about how he's preparing.  He was joined by Shannon Murray, Community Outreach Specialist for Bemidji Area Special Olympics, and Lisa Bruns whose son Parker Bruns is also a competitor.  

Lou Ferreri is a mixed media visual artist whose 120 piece show is currently on display at the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji.  His exhibit, "The Internal Affairs of Mr. Invincible" is an extensive collection of intricate, elaborate doodles created on the editorial sections of the New York Times.  Twenty five of those works have an accompanying essay gifting the viewer with even more depth, context and understanding to those associated pieces.  All of the works are cholk full of a unique balance of symbolism and relatable images as well as whimsy and gravity.  The twenty five with accompanying writings are collected and displayed in the book, "The Internal Affairs of Mr. Invincible."

Mur Gilman is passionate about living an active life and encouraging others to do so, too.  She's helped organize Bemidji's Loop the Lake Festival since its inception more than five years ago.  This Saturday, Loop the Lake organizers expect around 1,000 bicyclists to cruise the 17 miles around Lake Bemidji while enjoying entertainment and snacks along the way.  Mur stopped by the morning show to tell us more about the event.

Countless little ones dream of being dancers when they grow up, but few actually take the steps and put in the grueling hours required to turn that dream into reality.  Arimee Gambill of Grand Rapids has enrolled in dance classes at the Reif Center since she was a little girl.

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