Doris Lueth Stengel next presenter in Speaking of Books
BAXTER — Heartland Poet Doris Lueth Stengel of Brainerd will be the Aug. 16 presenter in the Speaking of Books series of monthly programs in the Joe Plut Reading Room at Prairie Bay Grill and Catering in Baxter.
Stengel last fall received a first place, three seconds and two Merit Awards in the 27th annual League of Minnesota Poets Contest. “Small Town Lines,” Stengel’s first book of poetry, was released this summer by Finishing Line Press.
Minnesota author Sharon Chmielarz of “Calling” said anyone who’s made paper dolls from catalog pages or dragged Main will connect with “Small Town Lines.”
Plut, on the book’s jacket, is likewise aware of Stengel’s gift of word. “Palpable comes to mind, capable of being touched or felt, tangible, easily perceptible by the mind.
“Her settings of these poems range over a wide canvas in terms of geography, time periods, moods and emotions.”
Stengel’s poems in “Small Town Lines” transport readers to a small town in the 1940-50s, then briefly to the part of northern Minnesota where she moved as a bride — an area of isolated farms whose inhabitants hail from the same valley in Norway.
The program and reading runs from 4:30-6 p.m., and books will be available for purchase and signing.
Guests are asked to RSVP to 824-6444.
Crosslake Art Club Show to begin Thursday
CROSSLAKE — The 28th Crosslake Art Club Show will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Crosslake Community Center.
Admission is free and the show will include paintings, prints and pottery of more than 35 local club members. Each day artists will share their techniques, including zentangles, sumi ink and watercolor at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. All proceeds go directly to the artists and the club.
A percentage of sales funds the “Jim Stevenson Memorial Scholarship” that recognizes the talent of a Pequot Lakes High School senior. Stevenson, who died last year, was a longtime club member who contributed greatly to the Crosslake area. To help boost the scholarship dollars, small originals for $10 can be purchased.
Author to appear in Little Falls and Remer
LITTLE FALLS — Author Margo Hansen will appear and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Remer Arts and Crafts Store in Remer and at 11 a.m. Aug. 17 at the Minnesota Morrison County Fairgrounds on Hawthorn Road in Little Falls.
Hansen, a resident of Bovey, will sign her book “Emma’s Marriage Secret” in Remer and will have copies of her fiction romance book, “Sky’s Bridal Train,” “Jade’s Courting Danger” and “Emma’s Marriage Secret” available in Little Falls.
The series is about Sky Hoffman, 20, who has a twin in America, somewhere in that western land, and she has to find her, has she is all she has left in the world. So she sets out on a journey across an ocean in search of answers. She arrives in America broke, homeless and trying to escape the unwanted attentions of an Englishman intent on pursuing her.
Author to appear
at Book World
BAXTER — Minnesota author Jason Willis will sign copies of his latest novel, “Atlas’ Burden” from 12-2 p.m. Aug. 15 at Book World in Baxter. As part of his Seven Fires Chronicles, “Atlas’ Burden” is a prequel to the other books in the series and introduces readers to a generation that was heavily impacted by the Vietnam War. Although the backdrop for the novel is the Vietnam War, it also parallels the end of the Ojibwe-Dakota wars two centuries earlier and gives more clues to understanding the mystery of the Seven Fires prophecy that confronts the area’s modern residents. Like the other books in the series, “Atlas’ Burden” blends together history, paranormal and mystery in the fictional setting of a remote small town near Brainerd.
Willis is an English teacher at Maple River High School, but after vacationing in the Brainerd area for years, he decided to set his fictional community in the region.
Rock and roll in the bandstand Thursday
Michael Hoover will perform a rock and roll concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9. in the bandstand in Gregory Park in Brainerd.
Hoover, a professional musician since the 60s, has played throughout the United States in a variety of venues. Hoover will have you clapping, toe tapping to those hits of the 70s to present, that you sang along with on the radio.
The concert is free and open to the public. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the rock and roll music. The rain out site is the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center in Brainerd.
Concerts in the park are a collaboration between Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department and the senior center.
alumi to perform
Aitkin High School alum, Nicole Schwartz Navratil, and her bandmate, David Alderson, will perform from 8-10 p.m. Friday at the Beanery in Aitkin.
This traveling version of Sonic Love Child, typically a five-piece band, features a wide variety of music including Americana, folk, vintage pop, classic country and originals.
Nathan Beard to perform in Staples
STAPLES — Nathan Beard will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Staples Music in the Park in the Northern Pacific (NP) Park in Staples. In case of rain, the concerts will be moved to Centennial Auditorium.
Beard, a recent Staples Motley High School graduate, will join his friends in a concert featuring music of the Beatles, Billy Joel, Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, James Taylor and Jackson Browne, among others. Beard also will play great solo guitar pieces of Atkins and Clapton.
For more information on the Music in the Park series, check out www.staplesmotleyarts.org. The Music in the Park Series is funded by the Staples Host Lions Club. The Series is organized by the Staples Motley Area Arts Council, with the assistance of the Staples Motley Public Schools and the City of Staples.
Music festival goes from “Uffda” to Opera
The next two concerts in the Lakes Area Music Festival, are “Scenes of Scandinavia,” which will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday and then the festival’s first-ever opera production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, with a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. Both concerts will be at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.
The concerts are free, but donations to help support the festival are encouraged.
The program will begin with the Wind Quintet in A major by Nielsen. It will be played by Catherine Branch of the Eastman School on flute; John Snow of the Minnesota Orchestra on oboe; Anna Brumbaugh of the Julliard School on clarinet; Norbert Nielubowski of the Minnesota Orchestra on bassoon, and Joshua Phillips of the Milwaukee Symphony on horn. his will be followed by three songs by Sibelius performed by mezzo-soprano Ashley Hill Hibbard of the Eastman School of Music and pianist Lyndon Meyer of the Eastman School of Music and the Florida Grand opera. The program will conclude with the String Quartet No. 1 in G minor by Grieg, featuring violinist and international violin soloist Andrew Sords and Che Ho Lam of the Minestra Quartet, violist Alexander Pena of the Eastman School of Music and cellist Scott Lykins, the Festival’s artistic director.
“The Magic Flute” will be a semi-staged version of Mozart’s opera, featuring acting, costumes and scenery. The spoken parts of the opera will be in English, with singing in German with English super-titles above the stage. According to the production’s director, Leah Arington-Grair, “’The Magic Flute’ is a genius tale of life lessons learned through colorful characters and extraordinary adventures. The ordeals that Tamino and Papegeno must overcome before they each find their own true love teach us that courage, virtue and wisdom are always rewarded.”
The opera will be conducted by Jeffrey Stirling, music director of the St. Paul Civic Symphony. The leading roles will be sung by Paul Hopper of ADA Artist Management, Julia Bullock of the Julliard School, John Taylor Ward of Yale University, who is also the festival’s assistant artistic director, Maggie Boland of Northern Arizona University, Carrie Anne Winter of the University of Maryland and Kyle Matthew Knapp of the University of Michigan. The Three Ladies will be sung by Abigail Dueppen, Meghan Attridge and Ashley Hill Hibbard. The youthful Three Spirits will be Danny Allin, Carson Babbini and Hannah Mahr of the Northfield Youth Choir, and Hannah Mahr, all who have been coached by Elizabeth Shepley, artistic director of the Northfield Youth Choirs. The Speaker of the Temple will be Lyndon Meyer.
The Lakes Area Music Festival was established in 2009 and is featuring seven concerts this season through Aug. 19. For more information, visit www.lakesareamusic.org.
Auditions for fall CLC theatre season here
Auditions for the fall Central Lakes College Theatre season will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 21-22 in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus.
“The Diary of Anne Frank” will be directed by Erik Steen, and begins performances on Oct. 4. The powerful drama based on the writings of a young girl forced into hiding during the Nazi occupation of Holland calls for a cast of five women and five men, with three parts as extras. Rehearsals will begin the final week of August.
“Season’s Greetings” will be directed by CLC theatre director Patrick Spradlin, and begins performances on Nov. 29. British comedy genius Alan Ayckbourn’s play focuses on a Christmas gathering of a hilariously dysfunctional family, and calls for a cast of five men and four women. Rehearsals will begin in late October.
Those interested in auditioning for either or both productions are encouraged to bring personal calendars of all schedule commitments for the plays’ rehearsal and performance dates. No advance preparation is necessary, as auditions will consist of readings from the scripts.
Anyone with questions should contact Spradlin at (218) 855-8255 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brainerd resident’s drama to be
shown at festival
Dwayna Paplow, a theatre staff person at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, will premier her first original play at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, a 11-day performing arts extravaganza featuring 165 shows.
“A Drama in Mid-Air” is written and directed by Paplow who was raised in Fulda, graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris, and lives in Brainerd. The cast includes Ed Eyestone of Crosby, Nick Brutscher, Stevie Johnson and Sarah Cooper, all of Brainerd and C.J. Anderson of Pequot Lakes.
This event is made possible by the Five Wings Arts Council through the McKnight Foundation. “A Drama in Mid-Air” will premiere as part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival which runs through Sunday in 15 venues across Minneapolis-St. Paul. Tickets, directions and more information about the Minnesota Fringe Festival are available at www.fringefestival.org.
“A Drama in Mid-Air” is a one-act play inspired by the experiences of NASA astronauts and the life and work of Jules Verne, the 19th century author of “Around the World in 80 Days.” It was written as homage to the retired Space Shuttle program, but its main storyline takes place in the 19th century with two strangers trapped together in the tight confines of a balloon basket. Which passenger will survive, the experienced pilot or his fanatical admirer?
Lundeen to perform
in organ series
Patricia Lundeen will perform at noon Wednesday in the Lakes Area Summer Organ series at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd. Lundeen will perform pieces by composers Lemmens, Nielson, Sateren, Diemer and Cherwien.
A free-will offering will be taken at the concert which will be given to Bethlehem Lutheran.
arts event set
HACKENSACK — The 17th annual Northwoods Art and Book Festival and Poetry recognition event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 18 in Hackensack. This festival includes a variety of talented artists who work with fibers, paint, clay, metal, photographs and wood. Their booths are located inside the Hackensack Community building as well as outside along both sides of a closed off street.
Come meet authors, poets and illustrators who will be selling and signing their books throughout the day in the upstairs of the United Church of Christ, outside and in the community building.
For the fifth year, original poems submitted by Minnesota poets will be displayed and recognized in the church. Poets are invited to read and vote for their favorite poems displayed in the church between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Six of the poems on display will be chosen as Popular Choices by those voting at the festival. Six poems judged as Works of Merit by a committee of local poets will be announced.
At 1:30 p.m. in the church there will be a poetry reading by poets who were selling their books throughout the day and poets who submitted poems for the poetry display. During this time, Works of Merit and Popular Choice poems will be announced and read. There will be no open microphone readings.
Public invited to
meet the artists
The Five Wings Arts Council (FWAC) invites the public to meet the artists and view the exhibit, Five Wings Showcase: Visual Arts Grantees of 2011, from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 20th at the Five Wings Arts Council gallery in Staples.
Local artists featured in the exhibition are: Daniel Girtz, Sister Lillian Kroll, Richard Lozier and Kathy Braud , all of Little Falls;
Martha Davidge, Crosslake; Lavender Hunt, Walker; and Vonnie Tuomala, Staples.
Each of the featured artists received a Five Wings Individual Artist grant in 2011. This grant program is made possible through a grant from the McKnight Foundation, whose mission is to support artists to achieve more distinguished levels in their artwork, thereby advancing the career of the individual artist.
At the reception, appetizers crafted from locally grown food, as well as beverages made from fruit of local orchards will be offered.
For more information call (877) 654-2166 or email email@example.com.
Aitkin resident to
have her art
displayed in Poland
Stephanie Mirocha of Aitkin is a winner of the 2012 Artist Exchange Program competition through the Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota (PACIM). Approximately 30 of her paintings will be hung in a gallery in Warsaw, Poland, during her three-week stay there in September and October.
Mirocha, who owns, with her husband Erling Ellison, Otter Creations Gallery is located in the Westgate Mall in Brainerd which opened in October of 2011, has been creating art and selling it at juried art fairs and art centers around the Midwest Region. Mirocha, along with several other Minnesota artists, will present a collection of handmade items for home décor, including pottery, jewelry, stained glass, furniture, fiber art, photography and soaps/lotions in Poland.
Part of the process for the award is that the applicant must be a Minnesota artist of Polish descent. The application consisted of samples of artwork, an essay and resume. The artwork is then reviewed by an independent jury which selects the winner based on the quality of art work submitted.
Mirocha in a press release said, “It is tremendously exciting to have this venue offered to me to exhibit internationally, because it allows me to continue to explore, expand and realize my artistic potential beyond my current endeavors.”
During her stay in Warsaw, she will teach workshops and demonstrating; work with other artists; talk about her artwork and demonstrate her techniques. A large segment of art patrons who attend the exhibit in Warsaw and those attending speaking engagements will gain new ideas, information and new inspiration to take back with them in their own artistic endeavors and art appreciation.
Since 2007, Mirocha has illustrated three award winning children’s picture books, which she signs for children in the preschool to young grade school age group, teaching about nature. The inspiration for her work comes both from dreamlike, surreal images as well as from nature. She paints in watercolor and acrylic in a variety of styles and techniques from watercolor wash to texture and impasto. Her goal is to capture a mood or story, and to evoke a feeling.