PEQUOT LAKES - Swedish nyckelharpa player Peter "Puma" Hedlund will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Pequot Lakes Senior Center. Soren Ahker, musician and nyckelharpa builder, also will perform, and a dance will follow the concert.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $2 for children 12 and younger. The concert will be presented by the organizers of the Nisswa-stamman festival.
Hedlund, 47, is a professional folk musician based in Halsingland, Sweden. He makes his living as a performer and teacher of the 16-string chromatic nyckelharpa, a Swedish folk instrument. In 1975, at age 17, he played for a royal Swedish folk music jury and earned the designation of Riksspelman - Fiddler of the Realm. He went on to become the World Champion performer on the chromatic nyckelharpa in 1992 and 2000.
Since then, Hedlund has performed throughout Scandinavia and around the world at festivals and concert halls. He will perform two shows on this U.S. visit, sponsored by the Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag; the other show will be in Minneapolis.
Hedlund lives with his wife, Karin, and their two sons.
For music samples, visit www.peterhedlund.com/eng1.html. For more information, call Paul Wilson at (218) 764-2994 or 963-2805.
Festival of Trees to showcase Prin, other music
EAST GULL LAKE - The third annual Festival of Trees will feature music, food and beverages Nov. 12-17 at Cragun's Legacy in East Gull Lake.
The event, which features 35 decorated trees to be auctioned, is a fund-raiser for the Good Samaritan Communities of Brainerd and Pine River.
The festival will begin with the Gala Reception & Charity Auction from 6-10 p.m. Nov. 12. Admission is $50. Musicians will include festival headliner Tom Prin, the Pequot United Methodist Carolers, Sandy Larson & Daughters and the Lakes Trio.
The Holiday Musical Brunch will be from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 13. Admission is $25 for adults and $13 for children 9 and younger. Musicians will include Prin, Lois Jensen, Shirley Lintner and the Brainerd High School Chamber Ensemble. Author Melanie Clifford will be on hand to sign copies of her new book, "The Earth Waited: A Christmas Treasury."
From noon-5 p.m. Nov. 14-16, Community Days will take place. Admission is free, as are cookies, coffee and cider. On Nov. 14, music will be provided by Cathy Taylor, two classes from Brainerd's Lincoln and Lowell elementary schools and Gary and Candy Caballero.
On Nov. 15, music will be performed by the Geritol Frolics, two classes from Brainerd's St. Francis and Harrison elementary schools, Rob Teal, David Uhrich and Arlene Sycks.
On Nov. 16, musicians will include Uhrich, the Pine River School Group, Beth Hautala and Geoff Elvee.
Music for Nov. 17 is to be announced.
The presentation, "Wine Tasting with Holiday Decorating & Cooking Tips," will be held from 5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 15. Admission is $12.50. The presenters will be Eunice Wiebolt, the author of "Cooking with Confidence," and Kirsten Seidl, the owner of Rustical Home Furnishings. Music will be performed by St. Christopher's Group and Donna Trapp.
For more information on the festival or to buy tickets, call Linda Twaddle at 855-6616. For more information on the headlining musician, consult www.tomprin.com.
Kapsner's work exhibited at St. John's University
COLLEGEVILLE - Little Falls fresco painter Charles Kapsner's "Paintings and Drawings from Life Experiences" will be on display through Dec. 14 at the Target and Alice R. Rogers Galleries at the St. John's University Art Center in Collegeville.
Kapsner will present a slide presentation and lecture at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the St. John's Art Center Lecture Hall. An opening reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. Saturday. The opening also will feature faculty musicians Dale White on trumpet and Ed Turley on piano.
Kapsner, a classically trained painter who studied and lived in Florence, Italy, also will be featured at a show this month in Newport Beach, Calif.
Kapsner's Web site is www.bonefrescoe.com.
Artspace seeks those interested in live/work space
Artspace's Franklin Arts Center project, which will reconfigure Brainerd's former Franklin Junior High School into living and working spaces for artists, is assembling a non-binding list of artists interested in residential live/work spaces.
Artists can e-mail Andrew Commers at firstname.lastname@example.org with a message stating their interest.
Rehabilitation of the building is planned to begin next spring, with completion and lease-up anticipated in summer 2007.
Over the last two decades, Artspace has completed 13 projects with live/work space for low-income artists and their families around the country, with seven in Minnesota. These projects have created about 560 residential units. The units are called live/work spaces because their floor plans are open and larger than typical apartments, allowing artists to work within their homes.
The 25 units in the Franklin Arts Center will rent for $260-$660 per month, depending on unit and household size. Residents will be required to show their household incomes do not exceed Housing and Urban Development guidelines; these limits currently range from about $11,400-$27,200, depending on unit and household size.
CLC art instructor honored
Mic Stowell, a Central Lakes College art instructor, was awarded $100 for artistic excellence in the "Art Connections" Minnesota Community College faculty exhibit in Rochester.
Stowell's clay work was among those by 57 artists and faculty members representing 18 community colleges in Minnesota exhibited last month at two art galleries in Rochester.
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