North Crow Wing Art Flight's first working artists studio tour is scheduled Friday through Sunday in the Brainerd lakes area.
Artists will open up their work spaces - from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - for the first time to the public for demonstrations and sales of finished work.
Seven studios will be on the tour: Cyrus Swann's Cyrus the Potter in Pine River, Karen Knieri's Rosewood Studio Wildrose Farm Organics in Pequot Lakes, Crystal Celeste Price's The Celeste Shop and Gallery in Pequot Lakes; Jerry Raedeke's Raedeke Art Gallery in Nisswa; Tim and Eileen Kulseth's The Cottage Place in Crosslake; Steven Weagel's Weagel Works in Pequot Lakes; and Donna and Steve Stricker's StrickerArts in Pequot Lakes.
For more information on the tour, call Weagel at (218) 251-1255 or (218) 543-4321.
Staples Community Band to perform Sunday
STAPLES - The Staples Community Band will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday as part of the Staples Music in the Park series in the Northern Pacific Park across from the Government Center at 611 Iowa Ave. N.E., Staples.
In case of inclement weather the concert will move to Centennial Auditorium, 401 Centennial Lane.
Before the concert, the Staples Public Library will celebrate its 100th birthday. There will be a magic show at 5 p.m. featuring Star Michelina. At 5:45 p.m., there will be a picnic supper with hot dogs, chips, birthday cake and beverages sponsored by the Friends of the Staples Public Library.
For more information on the Music in the Park Series and other concerts in the area, go to the Staples Motley Area Arts Council's Web site at www.staplesmotleyarts.org.
Larson to perform in organ series at Prince of Peace
BAXTER - Heather Larson will perform a Summer Organ Series concert at noon Wednesday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Baxter.
Admission is free. Free-will offerings are welcome.
Larson graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor of arts in organ performance and a bachelor of music in music education. She also holds a master of science in educational leadership from Southwest State University.
Larson currently plays organ and piano for First Baptist Church in Brainerd and teaches elementary music at Garfield Elementary School.
Artists, crafters, home businesses wanted
CROSBY - Artists, crafters and women's home businesses are wanted for the upcoming eighth annual Arts/Crafts Fair and Women's Expo scheduled Sept. 26 at the Hallett Community Center in Crosby.
For more information, call Shirley Hale at the community center at (218) 546-2616 or visit its Web site at www.hallettcenter.com.
'Penny for Your Thoughts' asked by Crossing
The Crossing Arts Alliance is hosting a survey-exhibition - "A Penny for Your Thoughts."
Community residents and visitors are encouraged to participate at The Crossing Arts Alliance Gallery 119 at Franklin Arts Center, 1001 Kingwood St., Brainerd.
Residents may share their thoughts for a penny from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays from Aug. 7-28. Doodling also is encouraged.
Writing instruments and paper will be available. The paper was donated by Wausau Paper Company of Brainerd.
For those unable to attend, The Crossing may be reached at 833-0416, by e-mail at email@example.com, on Facebook or followed as ArtsBrainerd on Twitter.
Art club announces demonstration schedule
CROSSLAKE - The Crosslake Art Club will host six demonstrations during the 25th annual Show and Sale, Aug. 6-8 at the Crosslake Community Center.
• Aug. 6: Chris Smieja will focus on "Mixing Your Media" at 11 a.m. Sherri Wagner will share her approach using paints "Fresh from the Tube" at 1 p.m.
• Aug. 7: Bill Grange switches art forms at 11 a.m. and gives tips on "Throwing Pots." Laurel LaBorde will use pastels at 1 p.m. in "Painting with Light."
• Aug. 8: Barb Brook will show the audience that "Being Negative Isn't Always Bad." Donna Maves will share her favorite watercolor "Tricks of the Trade" at 1 p.m.
More than 40 artists will participate in the show. The traditional gift shop has been expanded to include jewelry, pottery, cards and prints. To acknowledge the 25th anniversary of the Crosslake Art Club, a special section in the Main Gallery will display original framed paintings for $25.
The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with door prizes drawn hourly. Admission is free and refreshments will be offered.
For more information, contact show chairs Laurel LaBorde at (218) 763-2449 or Darlene Howard at (218) 765-3146.
BHS art entries being sought by The Crossing
The Crossing Arts Alliance is calling for entries for the Brainerd High School Alumni Shout-out Artes Exhibition. The Crossing is collaborating with Brainerd Community Education for "Homecoming Our Community Celebration" by featuring BHS artists works of art.
Entry forms are available at The Crossing Arts Alliance office at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is Aug. 7 for completed entry forms and there is a $10 fee. Artwork is due Sept. 1.
Visual art will be exhibited at The Crossing Arts Alliance Gallery 119 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and the second Saturday of the month from Sept. 8 to Oct. 13 or by appointment. Non-visual art, such as short films, music or dance will be featured Oct. 3 in the Franklin Arts Center auditorium.
For more information, call The Crossing Arts Alliance at 833-0416.
Freeman to be featured at Author Tea Retreat
LITTLE FALLS - Author Brian Freeman will be featured from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Author Tea Retreat at Linden Hill, co-sponsored by Bookin' It in Little Falls.
Freeman, author of "Stripped, Immoral and Stalked," will talk about his new books for 2009 - "In the Dark" and "The Agency."
"In the Dark" is about a brutal unsolved murder case from Jonathan Stride's past that is reopened and deadly secrets emerge. "The Agency" is about alter-ego Ally O'Brien, an agent in a multinational media agency.
These titles, as well as Freeman's three previous books, will be available at Bookin' It and Linden Hill the day of the tea.
Reservations and pre-payment are required for all tea events. Cost is $35 for Friends of Linden Hill members and $40 for non-members and includes a four-course tea, tour of the mansions and the book signing. Contact Linden Hill at (320) 616-5580 to reserve space at the tea or to book an overnight stay for an additional $55 in conjunction with the event.
Wine tasting event scheduled Aug. 13
BAXTER - Prairie Bay and Cashwise Liquor will host a wine tasting event from 4:30-6 p.m. Aug. 13 at Prairie Bay in Baxter that will benefit The Crossing Arts Alliance.
Suggested donation for the event is $15.
Charles Kapsner will be the featured artist at the event, which will include appetizers, live music and art.
First-ever worm racing event slated Aug. 8
The Green Lantern in Brainerd will host its first worm race event Aug. 8.
Signup begins at noon and races begin at 1 p.m. All participants must purchase their worm at the event "to avoid any pre-training or work steroid abuse." Entry fee is $4 and $1 per worm. There will be a 100 percent pay back for first, second and third place.
Hamburgers, hot dogs and chips will be for sale at the event.
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