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Edward Turley and Friends to present concert Sunday

MOTLEY — Edward Turley and Friends will present a chamber music concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at the United Methodist Church in Motley. 

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Turley’s friends are colleagues in the music department at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University. Joining Turley on the program will be Richard Dirlam on saxophone, Patricia Kent, a soprano, Bruce Thornton on clarinet and Dale White on trumpet.

Active throughout the Upper Midwest as a recitalist, soloist, accompanist, clinician and adjudicator, Turley also has performed on four CD recordings, including “Music for Trumpet and Piano” and “Take Two.”

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students in advance or $15 for adults and $7 at the door and are available from the Centennial Auditorium Box Office at (218) 894-5416 or (800) 213-6877. The Arts Council has two additional ways in which to save on tickets. Anyone purchasing six or more advance sale tickets to any event or series of events will receive the special season price of $10 per ticket. Also, any student with proper identification may purchase a Student Rush Ticket one hour before the show for $1.

Flipside event set Saturday at Franklin Arts Center

Flipside children’s art activities will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Franklin Arts Center. Instructor Mona Warren will teach children how to do watercolor.

A $3 donation is suggested or $5 per family, although no one will be turned away.

For more information, call Paulette Buck at 828-8062.

The Rose Ensemble presents Slavic Wonders on Saturday

PEQUOT LAKES — The Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts is hosting a concert by The Rose Ensemble for its final show of the 2010-11 season.

The concert, entitled “Slavic Wonders — Feasts and Saints in Early Russia, Bohemia and Poland,” will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pequot Lakes High School theater.  

The Rose Ensemble was founded in 1996 by artistic director Jordan Sramek. The Rose Ensemble is celebrating 15 years of reawakening the ancient with vocal music that stirs the emotions, challenges the mind and lifts the spirit. The St. Paul-based group tours internationally with repertoire spanning 1,000 years and 25 languages, including new research in Middle Eastern, European and American vocal traditions.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 60 and over and $12 for youth 18 and under. Tickets will be sold at the door starting one hour before the performance, or call Pequot Lakes Community Education at (218) 568-9200 to reserve tickets.

Heartland Poets to meet Friday at Brainerd Public Library

Heartland Poets, a local chapter of the League of Minnesota Poets, will meet from 6-9 p.m. Friday in the large room of the Brainerd Public Library.

After a brief business meeting, poets will read a poem by a favorite poet in celebration of National Poetry Month. After, they will share their poems in progress for review and appreciation. Participants are asked to bring copies of their poems for others to read. 

The meeting is free and open to the public.

For questions regarding the Heartland Poets, contact them at heartlandpoets@gmail.com, or to learn more about The League of Minnesota Poets ,go to www.mnpoets.org.

Kitchigami presents Todd Green concerts in April

Kitchigami Regional Library will present “A World of Music with Todd Green” Legacy concerts in Kitchigami communities through April. 

Multi-instrumentalist Green will present 7 p.m. community concerts on Saturday at Memorial Auditorium in Wadena, Tuesday at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Longville, April 14 at Chase on the Lake in Walker, April 16 at Forestview Middle School in Baxter and April 18 at The Warehouse in Pine River. The concerts are free but tickets must be picked up at the city’s library.

Green performs original music on more than 30 acoustic string, flute and percussion instruments from around the world, inspired by the cultures of the Middle East, Central Asia, Far East and South America. He uses digital samplers to record and overdub himself live on stage to become a one-man orchestra of unique and exotic instruments from throughout the world. Green takes his audiences on an amazing world music tour, adding to his performance with entertaining and informative explanations of the music and instruments.  

Green has been writing and performing his music professionally since the age of 15. He attended Berklee College of Music and studied with guitar greats George Benson, Pat Matheny, Christopher Parkening and Mick Goodrick. He studied ethnic instruments, including the Indian Bansuri flute, with masters Sachdev and Steve Gorn. Green is known for his diverse talent on a multitude of string, flute and percussion instruments. 

The concert tour is made possible with funding from the State of Minnesota Legacy Amendment, Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

Feast of Eastertide set April 16-17 in Crosby

CROSBY — The Crosby-Ironton High School Concert Choir, A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers will revisit the Feast Of Eastertide April 16-17. 

A cast of 70 students in authentic period costumes will bring Old England to the stage, complete with a five-course dinner, music, jesting, a play and entertainment at your individual tables while you feast. The 3 1/2-hour celebration of “Easter, Love, Music and Spring” will be in the commons hall at the high school. Doors open at 3:30 p.m., with seating at 4:25 p.m. and the processional at 5 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and are available in the choir room or by mail at Crosby-Ironton High School: Attention Vocal Music Dept., 711 Poplar St., Crosby, MN 56441. Ticket requests will be honored in the order of the postmark on the request. Seating is limited. Tables will be assigned as ticket requests and payments are received. If a group wishes to be seated together, they must order their tickets together and include all names of those attending. Tables seat eight or 10.  

For more information, call Wayne Ellingsen at (218) 545-8800, extension 6811.

Brainerd Public Library to celebrate week

The Brainerd Public Library will feature several events as part of its observance of National Library Week and National Volunteer Week that begins Monday.

All week the library wants people to share their stories of “Why You Love the Library!”  

A list of events:

• Tuesday: National Library Workers Day — say thank you to your favorite librarian: 2 p.m. Brainerd Public Library Book Club to discuss “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson; 6:30 p.m. “Tumbled Dry,” reading.

• April 14: The library will celebrate the work volunteers do with the theme of “Volunteers Plant Seeds of Kindness:” from 7-9 p.m., Ancestry Detectives 101 Genealogy Workshop, where participants find out who they are by searching for their ancestors. The classes are free. Registration is required and space is limited. Call the library at 829-5574.

• April 16: Todd Green concert at Forestview Middle School in Baxter.

Kitchigami Legacy programs are made possible with funding from the State of Minnesota with Legacy Amendment funds to preserve arts and cultural heritage.

The Honey Dewdrops to perform in Crosby and NYM

The Honey Dewdrops, a singing duo from Virginia, will perform two concerts in the area — from 6:30-7:30 p.m. April 14 in the large meeting room at the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library in Crosby and at 7:30 p.m. April 16 at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center.

The Crosby concert is free; the New York Mills concert is $12 for advance sale tickets and $15 the day of the concert. Student tickets are $5 anytime. Call (218) 385-3339 to reserve a seat.

Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish are the Honey Dewdrops, an award-winning, nationally touring husband and wife folk duet performing fresh, original songs focusing on vocal harmonies and tight instrumentation. Influenced by traditional Appalachian music as well as contemporary singer-songwriters, the Honey Dewdrops blend old styles with new, creating music that is powerful and heartfelt.

Wortman and Parrish gained national recognition with award-winning performances on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion” in 2008 and were finalists in Mountain Stage’s New Song Contest in 2009. Their new record, “These Old Roots,” was the No. 1 album on the Folk DJ Charts for October and November.

Warrior football to be on display at Art Matters

Art Matters Studio and Gallery, located in the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd, will host a photography exhibition of portraits of the Brainerd Warrior High School football team’s 2010 season from 1:30-4 p.m. May 1. 

The exhibition will continue through June 15, or by appointment by calling 330-1780.

Art event to benefit family

Kevin Matthews Pottery in Brainerd has scheduled a Glazed and Amazed event to help raise funds for the Tom Brown family Multiple Sclerosis Walk on April 30. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the walk.

Individuals are welcome to come to the pottery studio and purchase an item to design. Items include cups, bowls, plates, sushi plates, goblets, wine glasses, cats, dogs, race cars, valerinas, piggy banks, several other types of banks, serving plates, chip and dippers, fairies, votives, hearts, ribbons, football boxes, soccer ball boxes, butterfly boxes, mocha cups, coffee cups, frogs, dolphins, dinosaurs and more. 

Times and dates: 2-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 2-9 p.m. April 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 16 and 2-9 p.m. April 22.

Celebration of Nations keeps growing

About 500 people recently attended the second annual Celebration of Nations at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, including participants from the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and Nay Ah Shing School.

Performers included the Slavic Chorus from Little Falls, Bay Lake Voksmusikkappelle (German), Sumunar Gamelan (Indonesia), Titambe West African Dance Ensemble, Nay Ah Shing Tribal School Drum Group and American Indian Dancers, Skal Klubb (Scandinavian), Pachanga Society (Latin Mix), the Ha Family Entertainment and Lion Dance Troupe and fireworks by Kuhn Fireworks.

Exhibits included a Thai rest house, Chinese theater building, African hut, Guatemalan tikal (ruins of Mayan pyramid), Parisian art museum, Caribbean beach, African marketplace, Italian cafe and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe American Indian display.  

Activities included East Indian henna, Korean origami, painting for the Parisian art museum and Latin American flower making.

Hosting the program were students from the International Club, Diversity Leadership Council, Student Senate and Spanish Club. Club advisers Lori-Beth Larsen and Tashana Husom coordinated the event.

Jacques Art Center awarded grants

AITKIN — The Jaques Art Center in Aitkin was recently awarded two grants from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.

The Small Capital Grant, in coordination with a recent award from the Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative Community Trust, enables the JAC organization to purchase a new telephone system that can transfer calls from one floor of the building to another. The second award is a two-year administrative support grant to subsidize expenses such as utilities and other expenses directly applying to owning the Carnegie Building. 

JAC to meet

AITKIN — The Jaques Art Center’s annual meeting and volunteer appreciation event will be at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The public is encouraged to attend.

Two new exhibits coming to Jacques Art Center

AITKIN — Exhibits entitled “Favorite Things” and “It Starts With A Memory” will be on display from April 29 through June 4 at the Jaques Art Center in Aitkin.

“Favorite Things” is by Karen Kersten of Pine River. She studied at the Minnesota River School of Fine Art and the Hurinenko Paquest Studio and taught at the Minnesota River School of Fine Art. She enjoys the challenge of expressive portraiture, the symbolism and design of still life and the pleasure of nature in landscape.

“It Starts With A Memory” is by Kathleen Clair, originally from the North Country. Clair now resides at the foot of the El Paso Mountains. She attended “The Academic de Port-Royal” in Paris and then studied under Russian impressionist artist Aleksander Titovets. She prefers to paint with oils. 

Looking for fine arts creations

AITKIN — The Jaques Art Center is asking for class reunion fine arts creations for the center in Aitkin, from June 23 through July 3. Limit is one piece per person and pre-registration is free.    

For more information, call (218) 927-2363 or email info@jaquesart.com.

Public art workshops scheduled  

The Five Wings Arts Council along with Forecast Public Art will offer two Public Art 101 workshops in April. 

The first workshop will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd. The second will be from 6-8 p.m. April 21 at the Depot in Wadena. All artists and communities interested in learning more about the region’s Public Art program should plan to attend.

The workshops will include information on public art projects in the works and funding available for new projects.

For more information and to pre-register, call (877) 654-2166.

Fundraiser country concert set in Walker

WALKER — The third annual Evening of Country Music, a concert fundraiser for Faith in Action, will be from 7-10 p.m. April 14 at Northern Lights Event Center in Walker. 

Entertainment will be by the Red Cedar Lake Band and Richard Schulman with Indian Country. New this year will be EO Hunt with a stand-up comedy routine between bands.

An Evening of Country Music is free and open to the public. As a fundraiser for Faith in Action for Cass County, a freewill donation may be made at the door. Faith in Action is a nonprofit volunteer organization that provides transportation, home and chore services, visitation, caregiver support, respite and ramp building to people in need in Cass County.  

The Evening of Country Music is sponsored by the Leech Lake Reservation Tribal Council, the Northern Lights Hotel and Convention Center, Leech Lake Housing Authority and Pepsi Nye Bottling of Bemidji.

For more information, contact the Faith in Action office at (218) 675-5435 or (866) 675-5435 or go to the website at www.faithinactioncass.com.

Submissions wanted for art show in New York Mills

NEW YORK MILLS — The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center is seeking submissions for its annual Regional Art Show scheduled May 7 through June 18.

The center is open to all artists working in any medium. Each artist may submit one or two works to this non-juried show. A reception for the artists will be from 3-5 p.m. May 14..

Artists should bring their work to the center May 4-6. There is no fee to enter, but each entrant is asked to become a full Regional Artist member of the center by contributing a minimum of $10 at the time work is delivered to the center. This fee helps the center keep its gallery space available to regional artists and gives each artist full membership in the center for one year.

If unable to bring work in on these days, make an appointment by calling (218) 385-3339. Work must have been completed in calendar years 2008, 2009, 2010 or 2011 unless special circumstances merit an exception to this rule. Artists may choose to make their work available for purchase during the show. All art submitted must be ready for gallery presentation. For example, photographs must be matted and framed and paintings must be ready for gallery hanging.  

Entry forms are available at the center or online at www.kulcher.org. Cash awards of $50 will be presented to the “People’s Choice” winner at the conclusion of the show. There also will be four $50 “Best in Category” awards given. Categories will be established after submissions are complete based on the number of submissions in each medium. The People’s Choice award will be made June 18.  

WDC band and choir performs in Tennessee

The Wadena-Deer Creek High School band and choir recently embarked on a six-day trip to Memphis and Nashville.

The students performed at Graceland and at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s outdoor plaza in Nashville.

Fundraiser country concert set in Walker

WALKER — The third annual Evening of Country Music, a concert fundraiser for Faith in Action, will be from 7-10 p.m. April 14 at Northern Lights Event Center in Walker. 

Entertainment will be by the Red Cedar Lake Band and Richard Schulman with Indian Country. New this year will be EO Hunt with a stand-up comedy routine between bands.

An Evening of Country Music is free and open to the public. As a fundraiser for Faith in Action for Cass County, a freewill donation may be made at the door. Faith in Action is a nonprofit volunteer organization that provides transportation, home and chore services, visitation, caregiver support, respite and ramp building to people in need in Cass County.  

The Evening of Country Music is sponsored by the Leech Lake Reservation Tribal Council, the Northern Lights Hotel and Convention Center, Leech Lake Housing Authority and Pepsi Nye Bottling of Bemidji.

For more information, contact the Faith in Action office at (218) 675-5435 or (866) 675-5435 or go to the website at www.faithinactioncass.com.

Honey Dewdrops to perform in Crosby, New York Mills

The Honey Dewdrops, a singing duo from Virginia, will perform two concerts in the area — from 6:30-7:30 p.m. April 14 in the large meeting room at the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library in Crosby and at 7:30 p.m. April 16 at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center.

The Crosby concert is free; the New York Mills concert is $12 for advance sale tickets and $15 the day of the concert. Student tickets are $5 anytime. Call (218) 385-3339 to reserve a seat.

Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish are the Honey Dewdrops, an award-winning, nationally touring husband and wife folk duet performing fresh, original songs focusing on vocal harmonies and tight instrumentation. Influenced by traditional Appalachian music as well as contemporary singer-songwriters, the Honey Dewdrops blend old styles with new, creating music that is powerful and heartfelt.

Wortman and Parrish gained national recognition with award-winning performances on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion” in 2008 and were finalists in Mountain Stage’s New Song Contest in 2009. Their new record, “These Old Roots,” was the No. 1 album on the Folk DJ Charts for October and November.

Warrior football to be on display at Art Matters

Art Matters Studio and Gallery, located in the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd, will host a photography exhibition of portraits of the Brainerd Warrior High School football team’s 2010 season from 1:30-4 p.m. May 1. 

The exhibition is through June 15 or by appointment by calling 330-1780.

Art event to help raise funds for Tom Brown Family MS Walk

Kevin Matthews Pottery in Brainerd has scheduled a Glazed and Amazed event to help raise funds for the Tom Brown Family Multiple Sclerosis Walk on April 30. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the walk.

Individuals are welcome to come to the pottery studio and purchase an item to design. Items include cups, bowls, plates, sushi plates, goblets, wine glasses, cats, dogs, race cars, valerinas, piggy banks, several other types of banks, serving plates, chip and dippers, fairies, votives, hearts, ribbons, football boxes, soccer ball boxes, butterfly boxes, mocha cups, coffee cups, frogs, dolphins, dinosaurs and more. 

Times and dates to design art: 2-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 2-9 p.m. April 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 16 and 2-9 p.m. April 22.

Celebration of Nations keeps growing

About 500 people recently attended the second annual Celebration of Nations at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, including participants from the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and Nay Ah Shing School.

Performers included the Slavic Chorus from Little Falls, Bay Lake Voksmusikkappelle (German), Sumunar Gamelan (Indonesia), Titambe West African Dance Ensemble, Nay Ah Shing Tribal School Drum Group and American Indian Dancers, Skal Klubb (Scandinavian), Pachanga Society (Latin Mix), the Ha Family Entertainment and Lion Dance Troupe and fireworks by Kuhn Fireworks.

Exhibits included a Thai rest house, Chinese theater building, African hut, Guatemalan tikal (ruins of Mayan pyramid), Parisian art museum, Caribbean beach, African marketplace, Italian cafe and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe American Indian display.  

Activities included East Indian henna, Korean origami, painting for the Parisian art museum and Latin American flower making.

Hosting the program were students from the International Club, Diversity Leadership Council, Student Senate and Spanish Club. Club advisers Lori-Beth Larsen and Tashana Husom coordinated the event.

Jacques Art Center awarded grants

AITKIN — The Jaques Art Center in Aitkin was recently awarded two grants from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.

The Small Capital Grant, in coordination with a recent award from the Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative Community Trust, enables the JAC organization to purchase a new telephone system that can transfer calls from one floor of the building to another. The second award is a two-year administrative support grant to subsidize expenses such as utilities and other expenses directly applying to owning the Carnegie Building. 

Two new exhibits coming to Jacques Art Center

AITKIN — Exhibits entitled “Favorite Things” and “It Starts With A Memory” will be on display from April 29 through June 4 at the Jaques Art Center in Aitkin.

“Favorite Things” is by Karen Kersten of Pine River. She studied at the Minnesota River School of Fine Art and the Hurinenko Paquest Studio and taught at the Minnesota River School of Fine Art. She enjoys the challenge of expressive portraiture, the symbolism and design of still life and the pleasure of nature in landscape.

“It Starts With A Memory” is by Kathleen Clair, originally from the North Country. Clair now resides at the foot of the El Paso Mountains. She attended “The Academic de Port-Royal” in Paris and then studied under Russian impressionist artist Aleksander Titovets. She prefers to paint with oils. 

Public art workshops scheduled in April  

The Five Wings Arts Council along with Forecast Public Art will offer two Public Art 101 workshops in April. 

The first workshop will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd. The second will be from 6-8 p.m. April 21 at the Depot in Wadena. All artists and communities interested in learning more about the region’s Public Art program should plan to attend.

The workshops will include information on public art projects in the works and funding available for new projects.

For more information and to pre-register, call (877) 654-2166.

Submissions wanted for art show in New York Mills

NEW YORK MILLS — The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center is seeking submissions for its annual Regional Art Show scheduled May 7 through June 18.

The center is open to all artists working in any medium. Each artist may submit one or two works to this non-juried show. A reception for the artists will be from 3-5 p.m. May 14..

Artists should bring their work to the center May 4-6. There is no fee to enter, but each entrant is asked to become a full Regional Artist member of the center by contributing a minimum of $10 at the time work is delivered to the center. This fee helps the center keep its gallery space available to regional artists and gives each artist full membership in the center for one year.

If unable to bring work in on these days, make an appointment by calling (218) 385-3339. Work must have been completed in calendar years 2008, 2009, 2010 or 2011 unless special circumstances merit an exception to this rule. Artists may choose to make their work available for purchase during the show. All art submitted must be ready for gallery presentation. For example, photographs must be matted and framed and paintings must be ready for gallery hanging.  

Entry forms are available at the center or online at www.kulcher.org. Cash awards of $50 will be presented to the “People’s Choice” winner at the conclusion of the show. There also will be four $50 “Best in Category” awards given. Categories will be established after submissions are complete based on the number of submissions in each medium. The People’s Choice award will be made June 18.  

Poet Donovan to read at library event

To commemorate National Poetry Month, Brainerd Public Library and Friends of the Brainerd Public Library will host an event at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the large room of the Brainerd Public Library. 

Brainerd poet and writer Charmaine Donovan will read from “Tumbled Dry,” her new collection of poetry, and will discuss the enjoyable process of writing as an outlet and for self-discovery. Her book will be available for signing. 

This program is free and open to the public. 

Donovan grew up in the Crosby-Ironton area. She served six years as the League of Minnesota Poets’ president. Her writing is published in magazines, journals, newspapers and anthologies. She has won several state, regional and national awards for her poetry and is a member of Heartland Poets, the League of Minnesota Poets, Brainerd Writers’ Alliance, The Loft Literary Center and the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Inc. For many years she has served as a judge for local, state and national poetry contests. 

Sue Bowen’s mixed media artwork entitled “Everlasting” is featured on the cover of “Tumbled Dry.” Bowen is an artist and resident of Crosby and a member of Artists of Minnesota, The Crossing Arts Alliance, Crosslake Art Club and the Jaques Art Center.

WDC band and choir in Tenn.

The Wadena-Deer Creek High School band and choir recently embarked on a six-day trip to Memphis and Nashville.

The students performed at Graceland and at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s outdoor plaza in Nashville.

Looking for fine arts creations

AITKIN — The Jaques Art Center is asking for class reunion fine arts creations for the center in Aitkin, from June 23 through July 3. Limit is one piece per person and pre-registration is free.    

For more information, call (218) 927-2363 or email info@jaquesart.com.

JAC to meet Saturday

AITKIN — The Jaques Art Center’s annual meeting and volunteer appreciation event will be at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The public is encouraged to attend.

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