DEERWOOD -- The Ripple River Gallery near Deerwood will host its annual Holiday Open House Nov. 26-28.
Visitors are invited see new works by more than 35 regional artists, register for prize drawings and have refreshments. Contributions of nonperishable food items for area foods shelves will be collected.
Featured works will include functional pottery by Canada's Tim Alexander, intaglio prints by area artist Anna Marie Pavlik and stained glass designs by Dorothy Hall of Grand Rapids.
Alexander, who lives and works on a small island on Lake Superior near Rossport, Ontario, fires his pots in a Japanese-style wood-fired kiln. Pavlik's etchings combine Eastern decorative influences, a variety of printmaking techniques and the images of the northwoods. Hall combines glass with found objects to create panels that meld sculpture with light; this fall she was inspired to integrate preserved leaves into her pieces.
Also exhibiting new work will be printmaker Jauneth Skinner, a Bemidji State University art professor currently studying and teaching in Italy; Pat Joyelle, who creates polymer clay jewelry and dyed clothing; and Jeff Zachmann, who offers up kinetic sculptures.
The gallery is five miles south of Deerwood on Highway 6, then three miles east of Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge on County Road 14 to Partridge Avenue. For more information, call (218) 678-2575 or visit www.ripplerivergallery.com.
HSO to present holiday concerts
The Heartland Symphony Orchestra will perform holiday songs at their "Winter Wonderland" concert 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, in Brainerd, and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Charles D. Martin Auditorium in Little Falls High School.
Season tickets are $20 (adult), $30 (adult pair), $35 (family) and $12 (senior or student). Tickets are available at Bridge of Harmony and the Dispatch in Brainerd, Bookin' It and the Great River Arts Center in Little Falls and at the door.
The 50-piece orchestra will perform holiday classics including "March of the Toys, "The Christmas Song," "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire," "Greensleeves," "Carol of the Bells," "Winter Wonderland," "Jingle Bells Forever" and selections from "A Charlie Brown Christmas." The audience and orchestra will join in a carol sing-along.
For information, call 1-800-826-1997.
HSO offers program for young artists
The Heartland Symphony Orchestra invites young musicians from the Brainerd lakes area to participate in its 22nd annual Youth Concert Auditions Jan. 29 at the St. Francis Music Center in Little Falls.
Application deadline is Jan. 6.
Students will have the opportunity to prepare and audition a solo piece to perform with the orchestra at its spring concerts April 22-23. The winners also will be awarded a $100 music scholarship.
The Heartland Symphony Orchestra also sponsors an annual statewide Young Composer's Contest for composers age 22 and younger. The winner will have one of his or her original orchestral works performed by the HSO and receive a $300 first prize.
To request participation guidelines, call 1-800-826-1997.
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