This is the season for area art club exhibits and sales, with a couple getting under way over the next week and others in the August wing.
The Lakes Area Artists will host its fifth annual Fine Arts Sale and Exhibition today through Saturday at the Nisswa Community Center, starting at 10 a.m. each day. The event will feature the paintings, prints and pottery of club members Betty Haskins, Sally Horazdovsky, Verna Miller, Sonja Larsen, Laurel LaBorde, William Grange, Darlene Howard, Margaret Grahn, Diane Runberg, Christine Smieja, Barbara Thelen and Marlene Cox.
Door prizes will be awarded on the hour each day and the artists will demonstrate their techniques throughout the event.
The Pine River Art Club opens its 42nd annual art show and exhibit July 25 for a four-day run at Pine River Elementary School. Dozens of members will participate in the show, set 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. July 25-27 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 28.
The Majestic Pines Arts Festival is scheduled for July 26-27 in downtown Nisswa, with the Crosslake Art Club's annual exhibit set Aug. 9-10 at the Crosslake Community Center. The Serpent Lake Festival of Fine Art and Craft will be Aug. 17 in Crosby Memorial Park.
Speaking of art, the Ripple River Gallery in rural Aitkin is offering a workshop in traditional pine needle basket-making with artist Tina Fung-Holder on July 27-28 and another with bead artist Jo Wood on Aug. 3-4. Cost is $75 for each.
Sunday is the registration deadline for the basket class and July 28 for the bead workshop. Call (218) 678-2575 for more information.
The Crossing Arts Alliance will host an Edible Art and Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday to benefit the lakes area arts. The event will be at The Crossing Fine Arts Center, 617 Laurel St., downtown Brainerd. For more information call the alliance at 833-0416.
In student news Shaylea Jay of St. Francis School in Brainerd participated in the recent Dorian Summer Music Camp at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, which attracted more than 400 junior high students from the Upper Midwest.
The camp offers instrumental, vocal and dance instruction by college professors, with public performances by participating junior high school students.
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